Urban Political Culture and the Re-Imagining of Democracy in Spanish America, 1800-1860 (HYBRID)
A Kellogg Work-in-Progress Seminar with Visiting Fellow Paula Alonso, Associate Professor of History and International Affairs at George Washington University.
This presentation will focus on the role of elections, institutions, and public debates in giving practical meaning to popular sovereignty and democracy in Spanish America during the nineteenth century, while paying careful attention to changing meanings and understandings of democracy and related terms over time. Applications of the term "democracy" ranged from negative references to disorder and tumult, to the government of the people by the people, to denoting the rule of those most capable, and they were associated with a variety of political practices. This work in progress is part of a collaborative project on the history of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1770-1870s.
Paula Alonso is an associate professor of history and international affairs at The George Washington University, where she is a historian of politics in Latin America with a focus on Argentina. Her research addresses institutions, politics, the press, and cultural history...