This book deals with the extraordinary and adventurous life of Spanish America’s forerunner of Independence. In writing this biography the author intended to acquaint the German-speaking public with one of the most fascinating figures of Latin American history about whom little is known. The author has indeed accomplished this goal very well.

The book consists of a preface, some 15 chapters with a bibliography at the end of each chapter, an epilogue, a selection of the most important Miranda documents, and a chronology. In the preface the author mentions that he developed an interest in the topic after he read an article written by Anna Seghers, after she returned from her Mexican exile. Segher’s work set the basis for the author’s study undertaken in the years 1986–87 which later appeared in a modified version as the fifth volume of the Hamburg Ibero American Studies series.

In his first three chapters...

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