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“Our Pueblos, Fractions With No Central Unity”: Municipal Sovereignty In Central America, 1808-1821, Jordana Dym
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From Sovereign Villages To National States: City, State And Federation In Central America, 1759-1839, Jordana Dym
The role of the city--as an institution, as a political ideal, as a training ground for politicians--has been neglected in historical studies of Spanish American independence. Connecting the political changes of the Bourbon Reforms (1759-1788) and constitutional monarchy (1808-1821) to those of the independence era (1821-1839), Jordana Dym's analysis of Central America's early nineteenth-century politics shows nation-state formation to be a city-driven process that transformed colonial provinces (weak administrative districts with ambiguous political identities and divided interiors) into enduring states with basic governments and articulated national identities. Dym argues that in Central America, an important aspect of the ...