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Emeritus Professor Anthony McFarlane

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Academic Profile
  • Degrees:
    B.Sc.(Econ.), London School of Economics and Political Science
    Ph.D. (History), University of London
  • 1971-1973: Research Fellow, Foreign Area Fellowship Program, Ford Foundation
  • 1974-1976: Research Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London
  • 1974-1976: Part-time lecturer in Spanish and Spanish American History, King's College, University of London and University College, London; part-time lecturer in Latin American History, University of Essex
  • 1976-2011: School of Comparative American Studies, Department of History, University of Warwick, England
  • US Conference on Latin American History: Robertson Prize, 1989
  • Member, Society for Latin American Studies
  • Fellow, Royal Historical Society
  • Member, Asociación de Historiadores Latinoamericanistas de Europa
Selected Publications


  • Reform and Insurrection in Bourbon New Granada and Peru, (co-editor with John Fisher and Allen Kuethe, Louisiana State University Press, Baton Rouge and London, 1990), pp.xi +356
  • El Reino Unido y América: La Epoca Colonial (Editorial Mapfre, Madrid 1992), pp. 305
  • Colombia before Independence: Economy, Society and Politics under Bourbon Rule. (Cambridge University Press, 1993) pp.xiv +399
  • The British in the Americas, 1480-1815 (Longman, London and New York, 1994), pp. xiv +365
  • Colombia antes de la Independencia: Economia, Sociedad y Politica bajo el Dominio Borbon (Banco de la Republica & El Ancora Ed., Bogotá, 1997.) pp. 577
  • Cuadernos de Historia Latinoamericana, No. 6: Violencia Social y Conflicto Civil: America Latina, siglos XVIII-XIX, (co-edited with Marianne Wiesebron, for Association of European Historians of Latin America, Leiden 1998), pp.226
  • Independence and Revolution in Spanish America: Perspectives and Problems (co-edited with Eduardo Posada-Carbó; Institute of Latin American Studies, London, 1999), pp. 192
  • War and Independence in Spanish America, New York: Routledge, 2014


  • ‘Princess Carlota Joaquin and the Monarchist Alternative in Spanish American Independence’, Liberalism in the Americas Collection, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London,
  • ‘The Bourbon Century’, in Francisco A Eissa-Barroso & Ainara Vazquez Varela (eds.), Early Bourbon Spanish America: Politics and Society in a Forgotten Era (1700-1759). Leiden: Brill, 2013.
  • ‘La crisis imperial en el Río de la Plata: Una perspectiva realista desde Montevideo, 1810-11’, in Veronique Hébrard & Genevieve Verdo eds. Las independencias americanas: un object de historia, Madrid: Casa de Velásquez, 2013.

My research has focused chiefly on the histories of Colombia and Ecuador, seen within the context of the history of the Spanish world in the period c.1700-c.1850. It includes study of Colombia's economic history during and after the colonial period, the history of rebellions, slavery and crime in the late colonial period, and the movements for independence in the early nineteenth century. I have also been interested in the comparative history of late colonial Spanish America [particularly the viceroyalties of Peru and New Granada] and in British American colonial history [the origins and growth Britain's 'First Empire' in North America and the Caribbean]. My current research centres on the Spanish American wars of independence in the period 1810-1825.

Recent Research Topics Supervised (PhD, MA)
  • Conquest and Colonization in the Colombian Chocó, 1510-1740.
  • The Politics of Encomienda Distribution in Early Spanish Guatemala, 1524-1544.
  • Regional Revolt and Local Politics in the Province of Pasto [Colombia], 1780-1850.
  • The Restoration and Fall of Royal Government in New Granada, 1815-1820.
  • The Politics of Government in the Audiencia of New Granada, 1681-1719.
  • Identities and Independence in the Provinces of Santa Marta and Riohacha [Colombia], ca. 1750-ca.1850.