In letters penned during the wars of in de pen dence, Chileans asked the
recipients to share their news and greetings with many others identified
by name. I similarly offer this book to a broad network of family, friends,
and colleagues. Although it is the product of many solitary hours of re-
search and writing, it would never have seen the light of day without the
support and advice of many. In Chile, I was welcomed by scholars with
whom I shared coffee, meals, and, most important, engaging conversa-
tions on history. I wish to thank (in no par ticular order) Eduardo Cavieres,
Ana María Stuven, Julio Retamal, Sol Serrano, Margarita Iglesias, Rafael
Sagredo, Claudia Arraya, and Celia Cussen, as well as Peruvian scholar Car-
men McEvoy, who was researching in Chile at the same time. All the staff
at the National Archive were helpful and consummate professionals. I had
the opportunity to teach a summer seminar on the Atlantic Revolutions for
the graduate program in gender studies at the University of Chile, and I val-
ued the discussions with those students. Three of them went on to work
on the project as assistants— Carolina González, José Tomás Cornejo, and
María Eugenia Albornoz— and their contributions were invaluable. Tania
Mella Lizana also assisted during a second phase of research. Back in the
United States, I thank graduate assistants Karen Carmody- McIntosh and
Marianne Samayoa who helped to review congressional minutes and tran-
scribe letters.
I would not have been able to travel to Chile and had time off for research
and writing without the generous support of a Fulbright fellowship from the
Department of Education and the Fulbright Commission in Chile, funding
from the Grant- in-Aid and Imagine Fund programs at the University of Min-
nesota, as well as funding for a sabbatical and single semester leave.
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