Ambitious Rebels: Remaking Honor, Law and Liberalism in Venezuela 1780–1850

TitleAmbitious Rebels: Remaking Honor, Law and Liberalism in Venezuela 1780–1850
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsZahler, Reuben
Number of Pages330
PublisherUniversity of Arizona Press
City, CountryTuscon
Abstract

In a highly engaging style, Zahler examines gender and class against the backdrop of Venezuelan institutions and culture during the late colonial period through post-independence (known as the "middle period"). His fine-grained analysis shows that liberal ideals permeated the elite and popular classes to a substantial degree while Venezuelan institutions enjoyed impressive levels of success. Showing remarkable ambition, Venezuela's leaders aspired to transform a colony that adhered to the king, the church, and tradition into a liberal republic with minimal state intervention, a capitalistic economy, freedom of expression and religion, and an elected, representative government.

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