This book brings together nine essays from four authors: Christon I. Archer, Leon G. Campbell, Allan J. Kuethe, and Juan Marchena F. In the introduction, the two editors announce their goals: first, to offer a thematic and historiographic overview of one of the most important aspects of a topic that will be widely debated in the context of the celebration of the bicentennial of Latin American independence: the role that the military played in the second half of the 1700s, during the period of the Bourbon reforms. The second, and no less important, objective is to render homage to Lyle N. McAlister, whose book The “Fuero Militar” in New Spain, 1764 – 1800 (Univ. Press of Florida, 1957) has exercised a strong influence on a generation of students, some of whom are represented in this volume. The editors clearly specify the criteria that guided the selection...

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