Introduction: The Floating Province of Exile
Starting from the outbreak of the independence wars, and continuing though the first half century after independence, civil strife led to large waves of exile, both popular and elite, that shaped subsequent politics—and political culture—for generations. This book argues that exile is an essential part of the foundation of political order in South America and played a major role in shaping political thought in the nineteenth century. The introduction outlines the political context of exile in Chile and the Río de la Plata from independence until 1862, before situating the research on exile in a historiographical context of global and transnational history. Finally, it outlines the legal and conceptual categories used to talk about exile in the nineteenth century.