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Bolívar’s Afterlife in the Americas

Biography, Ideology, and the Public Sphere


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 1-52
  3. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 53-75
  4. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 77-97
  5. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 155-169
  6. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 255-279
  7. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 397-421
  8. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 443-468
  9. Robert T. Conn
    Pages 469-485
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 487-525

About this book


Simón Bolívar is the preeminent symbol of Latin America and the subject of seemingly endless posthumous attention. Interpreted and reinterpreted in biographies, histories, political writings, speeches, and works of art and fiction, he has been a vehicle for public discourse for the past two centuries. Robert T. Conn follows the afterlives of Bolívar across the Americas, tracing his presence in a range of competing but interlocking national stories. How have historians, writers, statesmen, filmmakers, and institutions reworked his life and writings to make cultural and political claims? How has his legacy been interpreted in the countries whose territories he liberated, as well as in those where his importance is symbolic, such as the United States? In answering these questions, Conn illuminates the history of nation building and hemispheric globalism in the Americas.


Simon Bolivar political identity of Latin America Pan Americanism representations of Bolivar nation building in the Americas Bolivarian Venezuela Enlightenment in Latin America Cuba World War II and Latin America Bolivar in Bolivia Bolivar in Argentina Bolivar in the United States Garcia Marquez Hugo Chavez Jose Marti Fidel Castro Rio de la Plata Latin American independence

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Wesleyan UniversityMiddletownUSA

About the authors

Robert T. Conn is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University. He is the author of The Politics of Philology: Alfonso Reyes and the Invention of the Latin American Literary Tradition

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Bolívar’s Afterlife in the Americas
  • Book Subtitle Biography, Ideology, and the Public Sphere
  • Authors Robert T. Conn
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-26217-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-26220-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-26218-1
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 525
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Latin American History
    Intellectual Studies
    Cultural History
    Political History
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“Bolívar’s Afterlife in the Americas offers a rewarding and erudite overview of the political narratives that have framed politics in the region since liberation. It also serves as a warning: Read historical biographies with care.” (Oliver Balch, Americas Quarterly, January 13, 2020)