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Response to Review of Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s

Matthew Brown and Gabriel Paquette are grateful to Dr. Rosie Doyle for this attentive and generous review. Dr. Doyle has drawn out many of the themes and commonalities across the essays as we would have wished readers to have found them – and there can be few greater pleasures for the editors of a multi-author collection like this!

In the months since the book went to press, we have also been very pleased to get a sense that the book has been of use to scholars in different fields. Two examples:

First, the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez in Santiago de Chile organised a week of events in September 2013 to discuss ‘New Approaches to Chilean History of the 1820s’. Matthew was honoured to be invited to talk about our book – and to explain why the Chilean case study was relatively absent from our collection (with the exception of Scarlett O’Phelan Godoy’s chapter on Bernardo O’Higgins). It is to be hoped that a special publication on Chile in the 1820s will result from these meetings, both in Spanish and in English. This research will explain where Chile fits into the model we outline, where it does not fit – and where the Chilean case study might cause us to reconsider some of our generalisations.

Second, the University of Southampton is organising a conference on 30 November 2013 on ‘Crossroads of Empire: Latin America, the South Atlantic and the British Empire in the long nineteenth century’, http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207257, which cites our book in its call for papers. Again, we hope that subsequent debates and publications regarding Atlantic History and Global History in the long nineteenth century will continue to bear in mind Connections after Colonialism as they engage with the historiographies of the Age of Revolutions and other paradigms that have shaped our ways of thinking about these not too distant pasts.