Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Sobrevilla Perea
University of Kent
Website URL
Military history, Latin American Wars of independence, constitutional history, parliamentary history, nineteenth century
Additional Contact Information
I am currently a Humboldt Fellow in Berlin, otherwise I live in London and travel extensively to Latin America.

Personal Info

About Me

My research interests include state formation and political culture in the Andes from the end of the colonial period throughout the nineteenth century, as well as issues of identity, race and ethnicity, and military culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in South America. I have published on a wide range of issues, from economic to social history, and have a special interest in intellectual history and constitutionalism. My monograph The Caudillo of the Andes: Andres de Santa Cruz was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011 and in 2015 it was published in Spanish by the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

My edited collection on the Impact of the 1812 Constitution of Cadiz in the Atlantic world that emerged from the work of an international network of scholars was published in 2015.

Between 2014-2015 I held a Leverhulme Fellowship to write my monograph on the history of the army and the origins of the state in Peru from 1800 to 1860, which I am completing at the moment.​

I am currently leading an international War and Nation Network funded by a Leverhulme International Network Grant. It studies the links between War and the emergence of Nations in South America.

Recent Publications

Sobrevilla Perea, N. (2018). How (not) to make a durable state. in: Ginger, A. and Lawless, G. eds. Spain and the nineteenth century: New essays on experiences of culture and society. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, pp. 13-38. Available at:

Sobrevilla Perea, N. (2017). Power of the law or power of the sword: the conflictive relationship between the executive and the legislative in nineteenth-century Peru. Parliaments, Estates and Representation [Online] 37:220-234. Available at:

Sobrevilla Perea, N. (2016). “Hallandome viuda sin recursos, sin apoyo y en la mas deplorable situacion”: El montepio militar y la creacion del Estado en el Peru (1800-1880). Caravelle [Online] 106:15-30. Available at:

Eastman, S. and Sobrevilla Perea, N. eds. (2015). The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic World. The impact of the 1812 Cadiz Constitution of 1812. [Online]. University of Alabama Press. Available at:,5993.aspx.

Sobrevilla Perea, N. (2015). Loyalism and Liberalism in Peru 1810-1824. in: Eastman, S. and Sobrevilla Perea, N. eds. The Rise of Constitutional Government in the Iberian Atlantic. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA: Alabama University Press, pp. 111-132.

Sobrevilla Perea, N. (2015). La nación subyacente: de la monarquía hispánica al estado en el Perú. in: Contreras, C. and Glave, L. G. eds. LA INDEPENDENCIA DEL PERU. ¿CONCEDIDA, CONSEGUIDA, CONCEBIDA? Instituto de Estudios Peruanos. Available at:

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Venezuela
Expertise by Geography
Latin America
Expertise by Chronology
5, 8
Expertise by Topic
Colonialism, Military, Politics, Public History, Race, Rebellion & Revolution, Slavery