The global phenomenon of decolonization was born in the Americas in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The First Wave of Decolonization is the first volume in any language to describe and analyze the scope and meanings of decolonization during this formative period. It demonstrates that the pioneers of decolonization were not twentieth-century Frenchmen or Algerians but nineteenth-century Peruvians and Colombians. In doing so, it vastly expands the horizons of decolonization, conventionally understood to be a post-war development emanating from Europe. The result is a provocative, new understanding of the global history of decolonization.
Table of Contents
1. A Brief Conceptual History of "Colonia"
2. Decolonizing Customs
3. Inventing Columbia/Colombia
Lina del Castillo
4. Race and Revolution in Colombia, Haiti, and the United States
5. Decolonizing Europe
6. Second Slavery and Decolonization in Brazil
7. The Lost Italian Connection
Mark Thurner is Professor of Latin American Studies at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.