1st Edition

The First Wave of Decolonization

Edited By Mark Thurner Copyright 2019
    164 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    162 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    Todd Shepard


    Mark Thurner

    1. A Brief Conceptual History of "Colonia"

    Francisco Ortega

    2. Decolonizing Customs

    Mark Thurner

    3. Inventing Columbia/Colombia

    Lina del Castillo

    4. Race and Revolution in Colombia, Haiti, and the United States

    Marixa Lasso

    5. Decolonizing Europe

    James Sanders

    6. Second Slavery and Decolonization in Brazil

    Barbara Weinstein

    7. The Lost Italian Connection

    Federica Morelli


    Mark Thurner is Professor of Latin American Studies at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.