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Author Soriano, Cristina, 1975-
Title Tides of revolution : information, insurgencies, and the crisis of colonial rule in Venezuela / Cristina Soriano.
Imprint Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2018.

Author Soriano, Cristina, 1975-
Series Diálogos series
Diálogos (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Subject Venezuela -- History -- War of Independence, 1810-1823 -- Underground literature.
Underground literature -- Venezuela -- History and criticism.
Foreign news -- Venezuela -- History -- 18th century.
Foreign news -- Venezuela -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (xiv, 316 pages)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Literacy and power in Venezuela's Late Colonial Society -- The spread of the "Revolutionary Disease": News, pamphlets, and subversive literacies -- The power of the voice: Imperial anxieties and rumors of revolution -- The shadow of Saint-Domingue in the Rebellion of Coro, 1795 -- A revolutionary barbershop: Rumors, texts, and reading networks in the La Guaira Conspiracy of 1797 -- The fear of foreign invasion: Black Corsairs in Maracaibo and other stories of black occupation.
Summary "This is a book about the links between politics and literacy, and about how radical ideas spread in a world without printing presses. In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Spanish colonial governments tried to keep revolution out of their provinces. But, as Cristina Soriano shows, hand-copied samizdat materials from the Caribbean flooded the cities and ports of Venezuela, hundreds of foreigners shared news of the French and Haitian revolutions with locals, and Venezuelans of diverse social backgrounds met to read hard-to-come-by texts and to discuss the ideas they expounded. These networks efficiently spread antimonarchical propaganda and abolitionist and egalitarian ideas, allowing Venezuelans to participate in an incipient yet vibrant public sphere and to contemplate new political scenarios. This book offers an in-depth analysis of one of the crucial processes that allowed Venezuela to become one of the first regions in Spanish America to declare independence from Iberia and turn into an influential force for South American independence."-- Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on January 29, 2019).
ISBN 9780826359872 (electronic book)
0826359876 (electronic book)
9780826359858 (hardcover)
9780826359865 (paperback)
OCLC # 1044538781
Additional Format Print version: Soriano, Cristina, 1975- Tides of Revolution. First edition. Albuquerque : University of New Mexico Press, 2018 9780826359858 (DLC) 2018001017

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