The aim of my research is to trace the development and circulation of republican ideas and sympathies in Brazil and the River Plate from 1808 to 1855.
Following the fragmentation of the Iberian American empires, there was no single path for Latin American societies to build independent polities. Far from the progressive development of those republics familiar to us, the region witnessed a plurality of political arrangements, constitutional experiments, and short-lived independent states over the course of the nineteenth century. My project seeks to make a contribution to our understanding of those developments by looking at the interactions between the Brazilian monarchy and the River Plate republics, emphasising the role of republican ideas in the formation of local political expectations and state-building processes. This way, I wish to demonstrate that many political developments hitherto understood according to national historiographies, especially provincial revolts, can be better explained through a combination of internal and external factors. Indeed, such a discussion may lead us to blur the lines between 'internal' and 'external' to better understand the complex interpersonal relations which underpinned debate on republicanism and republican movements in the region.
Alongside Latin American history, I am intrigued by questions arising from Global history and Intellectual history, with a special interest in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.