Juan Marchena Fernández died unexpectedly at his home in Seville on October 10, 2022. He was survived by his wife, Nayibe Gutiérrez Montoya, and two children. At the time of his death, he was one of the leading authorities on eighteenth-century Spanish America and a highly influential teacher for both Spain and Latin America. His passing leaves a giant void. Marchena was born in Seville on September 12, 1954, but he grew up in the Andalusian village of Las Cabezas de San Juan. He conducted his graduate studies at the Universidad de Sevilla and in 1979 completed his doctoral dissertation in the cátedra of Paulino Castañeda. A year as a postdoctoral fellow followed at the University of Florida, where he enjoyed the guidance of Lyle N. McAlister and refined his interest in military institutions. An incredibly productive career followed.

Juan Marchena's research addressed the eighteenth-century military and continued on through...

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