Alfredo Ávila

Fellowship Date

April 01, 2017 to May 31, 2017

Project

Engaging in Politics in the Time of Cholera: Mexico and Central America in the 1830s/ Hacer política en tiempos del cólera. México y Centroamérica, década de 1830

Historians have tended to explain the problems related to the consolidation of Latin American states after Independence within the context of political conflicts, economic problems or external threats.  I propose to introduce one more element to these explanations.  At the beginning of the 1830s, the fragile Latin American governments were faced with a cholera epidemic, a new disease within these countries.  In México and Central America, state governments collapsed and, eventually, the two federations disappeared within a complex scenario in which cholera played an important role./

Los historiadores casi siempre explican los problemas de la consolidación de los estados latinoamericanos después de la independencia a partir de los conflictos políticos, problemas económicos o amenazas externas.  Mi objetivo es introducir un elemento más a estas explicaciones. Al comenzar la década de 1830, los frágiles gobiernos latinoamericanos se enfrentaron al cólera, una enfermedad nueva para estos países.  En México y Centroamérica, los gobiernos estatales cayeron y, eventualmente, las dos federaciones desaparecieron, en un complicado escenario en el que el cólera jugó un papel importante.

 

Biography

Alfredo Avila is a researcher and professor of History at the National University of Mexico (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico UNAM), where he earned his Ph.D.  Among other distinctions, he has been awarded the Francisco Xavier Clavijero Prize, the Mexican Committee of Historical Sciences Award, and the National University Distinction for Young Scholars.  He has taught at Georgetown University (USA), Buenos Aires University and the National University of Rosario (Argentina), the University of São Paulo (Brazil), El Colegio de México, the University of Tamaulipas, and UNAM (Mexico). He has published eight books and several journal articles and contributions for collective books. His most recent book is Camino de Padilla: México y Manuel de Mier y Terán en 1832 (Cd. Victoria, 2016).