This volume contains seven major research articles and six shorter pieces for a broader public, most of which have been published before. But they conveniently bring together a focused scholarly production by José Carlos Chiaramonte over the past 15 years on the history of concepts, political language, and ideas, as well as central historiographical debates. The volume is a joy to read due to the author's remarkable erudition, depth of understanding of key problems in Latin American history and in the social sciences, and innovative, independent ideas, even if at times one might wish for somewhat simpler prose.

The volume's first, smaller part deals with the history of the concept of class and why it suffered under intrinsic tensions from the very outset in the early to mid-nineteenth century. The second, longer, and weightier part tackles the history and meaning of revisionism...

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