The seven chapters of this book, all originally published between 1992 and 1999, range from biography to international relations, from electoral analysis to bibliography to film. Five were published in the UK, three of those as occasional papers of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of London. This addition to the series coedited by Dunkerley thus makes some interesting material conveniently available to a broader readership.

Dunkerley’s long-standing interest in Bolivia underpins three of the essays. “The Third Man: Francisco Burdett O’Connor and the Emancipation of the Americas” narrates the story of a member of a well-to-do, politically active Irish family who joined Bolívar in 1819 and fought as an officer in the battles of Junín and Ayacucho that ended Spanish power in South America. He then settled in southern Bolivia where he started a family that remains prominent; he...

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