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.

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ByMark Thurner

chapter 1|18 pages

A Brief Conceptual History of `Colonia'

ByFrancisco Ortega

chapter 2|22 pages

Decolonizing Customs

ByMark Thurner

chapter 3|29 pages

Inventing Columbia/Colombia

ByLina del Castillo

chapter 4|18 pages

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

ByMarixa Lasso

chapter 5|23 pages

Decolonizing Europe

ByJames Sanders

chapter 6|15 pages

Second Slavery and Decolonization in Brazil

ByBarbara Weinstein

chapter 7|11 pages

The Lost Italian Connection

ByFederica Morelli