The feared, expected, and no less shocking news arrived last August. Latin Americanists lost one of their most discerning and elegant practitioners as William “Bill” Roseberry was struck down in the prime of life, at age 50, after a tragically brief battle with cancer. In remembering the contributions of a dear friend and colleague, the circumstances of his passing cast a long shadow as those of us who had come to treasure his friendship still find it difficult to accept so premature an ending to a brilliant intellectual odyssey.

Bill Roseberry was perhaps best known for his historical materialist approaches to the study of Latin America, the history of peasantries, and the multitude of fruitful intersections of history and anthropology. In his own words, he was “interested in culture, history, and political economy in Latin America, . . . the formation of subjects...

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