Antonio Annino announces this book as part of “work in progress” (p. 11). The studies included result from his dedication to solving the conceptual quandaries faced during the previous 20 years of scholarly historical research by numerous academics who have, in his opinion, entirely recast the analytical framework of interpretation. The book is composed of a prologue, an introduction, 11 essays, and a “final reflection” as a tentative conclusion. Nine of the studies and the final reflection have been previously published. The silences and disputes alluded to in the title are, of course, what he considers to have been left out or distorted in previous histories of the independence period and that are now frequently the subject of intense historiographical debate.

The essays are organized in three sections intended to deal with major conceptual problems. In the first section, relating to disputes...

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