The Society of Equality: Popular Republicanism and Democracy in Santiago de Chile, 1818-1851 James Wood

ISBN: 9786613949554

Published: June 16th 2011

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The Society of Equality: Popular Republicanism and Democracy in Santiago de Chile, 1818-1851  by  James Wood

The Society of Equality: Popular Republicanism and Democracy in Santiago de Chile, 1818-1851 by James Wood
June 16th 2011 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 345 pages | ISBN: 9786613949554 | 8.52 Mb

On April 1, 1850, a planning meeting took place in Santiago, Chile, to organize a new political association that sought to democratize the thirty-year-old republic. The attendees were all male, and included master and journeymen tailors andMoreOn April 1, 1850, a planning meeting took place in Santiago, Chile, to organize a new political association that sought to democratize the thirty-year-old republic. The attendees were all male, and included master and journeymen tailors and shoemakers, two young men recently returned from a European sojourn, the conductor of the citys orchestra, a law professor, and a few liberals from the opposition party in Congress.

The attendees believed the Society of Reform, the citys outmoded club for reformists, was inadequate, and they wanted to replace it with a group that reflected the more revolutionary spirit of the times. Wood argues that the society created at that meeting, the Society of Equality, set a new standard for democratic thought and action in Chilean history and was arguably the most democratic political association of its era in all of Latin America.

It represented the first stirrings of modern democratic thought and practice-however fleeting-in Chiles hierarchical class structure. Ironically, it would be the persistent class relationships that prevented the Society from withstanding the onslaught of Church and state repression.



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