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For God and Liberty

Catholicism and Revolution in the Atlantic World, 1790-1861

Pamela Voekel

01 April 2023

ISBN: 9780197610206

384 pages

Price: £19.99



For God and Liberty centers the Catholic Church's contributions to the Age of Revolution, particularly to the rise of democratic political forms in the early republics of the nineteenth century in Latin America. It breaks with secular narratives of the nineteenth century to argue that the major political fault lines in Latin America corresponded to fault lines within the Church, while also grappling with the religious origins of the civil wars in Mexico and Central America.

  • Places the Catholic Church at the center of political conflict in nineteenth-century Latin America
  • Demonstrates that both ultramontane and reformist Catholics in Latin America formed part of larger transatlantic networks
  • Draws on untapped archival correspondence from ecclesiastical archives and analyzes numerous largely unexamined pamphlets, sermons, and tracts

About the Author(s)

Pamela Voekel, Associate Professor of History and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies, Dartmouth College

Pamela Voekel is Associate Professor of History and Latin American, Latino, and Caribbean Studies at Dartmouth College. She is the author of the prize-winning Alone Before God: The Religious Origins of Modernity in Mexico and is a co-founder of the Tepoztlán Institute for the Transnational History of the Americas.

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Empire of Faith
    Chapter 1: Drawing the Religious Battle Lines
    Chapter 2: The Rivals Muster
    Chapter 3: The Sacred Polity
    Chapter 4: The View from the Vatican
    Chapter 5: Escalation and Confrontation
    Chapter 6: The Literary Barricades
    Chapter 7: "Religious Passion Tore Us Apart"
    Chapter 8: The Long Shadow: Mexico's Reforma

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