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The Role of Science in Latin American Independence Revolution

Fecha:2010/10/26 Autor:

In the past, historians tended to think that the Latin American independence revolution was just a political revolution or political struggle. But to my opinion, the independent revolution in Latin America is above all a revolution about scientific thoughts and knowledge. Along with the armed revolution, another revolution took place in the heart of Latin American society. This revolution was intellectual in nature and led to the conception of the full sovereignty of nations. But this great role science played in the independence revolution was little known until now.

Since the 17th century, especially from the 18th century on, scientists and historians of science started to use the concept of revolution to describe the progress of science. Just as Joseph Priestley pointed out, when referring to the times of his life (18th century), that it was both a time of a philosophy or scientific revolution and also a national revolution age. It was clearly a period of crisis and instability in the 17th and 18th centuries, and there seemed a universal revolution, and events in different regions are only particular manifestation of this revolution. Occurred in the late 18th and early 19th century, American War of Independence, the French Revolution and the independence of Iberian-America's revolutionary war was precisely accompanied by a second scientific revolution.  Read full article, please download The Role of Science in Latin American Independence Revolution

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