Cádiz, Bolívar and the origins of Colombian constitutionalism, 1810-1830

Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó’s talk examined the origins of Colombian constitutionalism – the principles or system of government in accord with a constitution – and focus on two particular moments: the so-called ‘Patria Boba’, (1810-1815) and the reaction of New Granada against Simón Bolívar’s dictatorship, leading to his resignation from power in 1830.



Event held on Monday 22nd of November 2022 – 6:30pm GMT on Zoom.

About this event:

(1) the so-called ‘Patria Boba’, (1810-1815), when a good number of constitutions were issued by the then provinces of New Granada unlike those countries in Latin America which followed the Cádiz constitution of 1812;

(2) the reaction of New Granada against Simón Bolívar’s dictatorship, leading to his resignation from power in 1830. Colombian constitutional traditions, it will be argued, are rooted in the developments that took place in these two key historical moments.

About the speaker:

Eduardo Posada-Carbó is Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America in Oxford University, and William Golding Senior Research Fellow at Brasenose College. He has been Cagut Visiting Profesor at the Watson Institute in Brown University; Tinker Professor in the University of Chicago; and Visiting Fellow at Kellogg Institute in the University of Notre Dame in the USA.

He has published extensively on Latin American history and politics, including The Colombian Caribbean: A Regional History, 1870-1950 (1996); La nación soñada (2006); La novela como historia (2018); and (with Iván Jaksić, eds.), Liberalismo y poder. Latinoamérica en el siglo XIX (2011). He is also the author of a significant number of chapters in edited books and articles in academic journals, including Revista de Occidente, Hispanic American Historical Review, Journal of Latin American Studies, Caravelle, Boletín and The Historical Journal. He is the general editor of a five volume history of Colombia, 1808-2000 (2010-2017). He writes a weekly column for El Tiempo, the Colombian leading daily.