Soldiers and Statesmen

Justin Wolfe

in Military Struggle and Identity Formation in Latin America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034874
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038438 | DOI:
Soldiers and Statesmen

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This chapter traces the struggles to define the parameters of popular liberalism, particularly in the Liberal stronghold of León, in the face of Conservative oligarchic exclusion and in relation to the popular rebellions and civil wars that engulfed Nicaragua between 1844 and 1863. Unlike early republican Colombia where white elites controlled liberal politics, in Nicaragua politics was dominated by Afro-Nicaraguan men from León. For soldiers, the colonial militia had provided the means to organize the black community and demand political inclusion. Liberal statesmen, by contrast, dismissed the colonial past in favor of a democratic future that promised equal opportunity.

Keywords: liberalism; León; Afro-Nicaraguan; statesmen; colonial militia; postcolonial Nicaragua

Chapter.  7080 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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