Chapter 5: Abstract

War, Gender and Society in Late Colonial and Revolutionary Spanish America

(Catherine Davies, University of London, Insttute of Modern Languages Research, School of
Advanced Study)



Military conflicts and wars shaped Spanish America in the transformative period from the 1780s to
the 1830s with its first anticolonial uprisings and the Spanish American Wars of Independence. This
essay explores the impact of warfare and militarization on the social and gender order in the Spanish
Atlantic Empire in this transformative period, and examines conversely, how ideas about the gender
order shaped society, warfare and military culture. It focuses on the first anticolonial uprisings,
especially the Tupac Amaru Rebellion (1780-82) in the South American Andes and the Rebellion of
the Comuneros (1781) in New Granada—two of the largest and earliest in the history of Latin
America—, the following Spanish American Wars of Independence (1808–33) and their aftermath.


Indigenous People; Societies in Wartime; Women; Gender; Women; Anticolonial Struggle; Tupac Amaru Rebellion; Rebellion of the Comuneros; Spanish-American Wars of Independence; Spanish America.

In Part I “From the Thirty Years War and Colonial Conquest to the Wars of Revolution and Independence” of the Oxford Handbook of Gender and War since 1600.

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