"Wandering Paysanos is an outstanding contribution to both the history of the first half of the nineteenth-century in Argentina and the recuperation of subaltern voices in Latin American studies."
— José Antonio Sánchez Román, Hispanic American Historical Review
"Wandering Paysanos is destined to change the way specialists in nineteenth-century Argentine and Spanish American history think about the Rosas Era and the broader problems of caudillismo and peasant politics. . . . [R]ichly documented and theoretically sophisticated. . . ."
— James A. Wood , The Latin Americanist
"[A] landmark book. . . . Wandering Paysanos is filled with illuminating insights into the Rosas period." — Matthew B. Karush , Labor
"[A]n important book. . . .Wandering Paysanos is an excellent, readable, well-researched book. . . . This book contains compelling new insights that will be valuable not only to Latin American historians but to all scholars interested in issues of subaltern experience, penology, rural studies, and caudillismo." — Karen Racine , Canadian Journal of History
"Impressive. . . . Salvatore's analysis is rich and nuanced." — Ruth Stanley, Crime, History and Societies
"Masterful. . . . The book contains much of interest to scholars, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates specializing in peasant studies, comparative development in Latin America, Latin American history, and penal and military history. . . . Vivid and absorbing. . . . This is social history at its best." — Lisa Kowalchuk , American Journal of Sociology
"In this informative, well-researched and highly original work, Salvatore has made a major contribution to the understanding of a nineteenth-century Latin American society ruled by a dictatorship." — David Rock , Social History
"Salvatore's book constitutes a thought-provoking work. . . . [T]his is a very stimulating and original book that deserves to be read and subjected to thorough discussion." — Juan Iñigo Carrera, Journal of Agrarian Change
"This book . . . reinforces Salvatore's standing as a leading observer of the relationship between state and rural citizenry during the nation's formative stages. Its archival depth and nuanced arguments give it unusual strength." — Mark D. Szuchman , Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"This book represents an enormous contribution . . . to the political and social history of rural populations of nineteenth-century Latin America." — Jose C. Moya, The Americas
“In the best tradition of subaltern studies, Ricardo Salvatore goes to the military records, court cases, and police files that most reveal the testimony of the popular classes. His book represents the most complete and nuanced analysis of the lives of peons, migrants, itinerants, and common soldiers—including their dress, family relationships, interaction with the Rosista state, and demands for liberty in the job market. Wandering Paysanos is both theoretically sophisticated and richly documented.” — Jonathan C. Brown, University of Texas
"Meticulously researched in official correspondence, military records, judicial archives, political poetry, and other popular narratives, Wandering Paysanos contributes importantly to interdisciplinary discussions of modern state formation and rural political and social consciousness. Few students of the Latin American past can match Salvatore in combining skillful analysis of political, social, and economic relations with an ability to deconstruct and interpret texts. This volume redeems the promise of Latin American subaltern studies." — Gilbert M. Joseph, Yale University