The Practice and Politics of Exile: Nation-State Formation from Abroad

  • Edward Blumenthal
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Transnational History Series book series (PMSTH)


The practice and politics of exile are the subjects of this chapter. From sites of exile across South America, émigrés carried out exile politics aimed at political change and return. Starting with an overview of the mid-century sites and waves of exile, this chapter argues that political displacement was a practice used by states to regulate political opposition, as well as a strategy used by the émigrés themselves. Exile was a practice spread across generations, creating family histories and Romantic representations of exile as a republican political practice. This chapter compares the practice of exile in Chile and the Río de la Plata, and across the different sites of exile, while also highlighting a common political culture of exile. These practices connected local conflicts and played a mediating role in international relations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward Blumenthal
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  1. 1.Université Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3ParisFrance

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