I would like to thank the Leverhulme Trust, the British Academy, and the
British Arts and Humanities Research Council for their financial support,
and the University of Warwick for granting me several terms of study
leave, without which this work would never have been completed.
I would also like to thank the many colleagues who in one way or an-
other assisted my research. I owe particular thanks to Ariadna Acevedo
Rodrigo for thought-provoking comments about patriotism and national-
ism; Jens Andermann for probing questions into the role of museums in
nineteenth-century nationalism; Tonya Blowers for late-night discussions
of postcolonial theory; Theodore Buttery for invaluable help on under-
standing Mexican coinage; David Cahill and Peter Marshall for enthusiasm
and support while this project was still in its infancy; Patricia D’Allemand
for material on José María Vergara y Vergara; Dario Euraque for details
on Honduran historiography; Will Fowler for information about Mexi-
can politicians; Rodrigo Gutiérrez Viñuales for articles and images; Efraín
Kristal for sterling advice on nineteenth-century literature; Anthony Mc-
Farlane for reading prototype chapters; Sergio Mejía for references to José
Manuel Groot; Iris Montero for guidance on José María Alzate and his
Gaceta; Tristan Platt for dredging his notes on Chayanta; Shirin Rai for
the perspective of a political scientist; Steiner Saether for long-distance
discussions of the meaning of “Indianness”; Patience Schell for articles
and insights into Chilean museums; John Schwaller for guidance about
the collection of preconquest codices; Douglass Sullivan-González for
drawing my attention to the richness of Guatemalan independence day
speeches; Guy Thomson for many books and much encouragement; and
Mark Thurner for his thoughts about Peruvian historia patria. I am also
very grateful to the anonymous Duke University Press readers for their
comments and advice.
Finally, I thank David Mond for his confidence and enthusiasm about
this project. This book is dedicated to him.
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