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But following an illness that left him deaf, he began to produce images of nightmarish intensity, beginning with Caprices (1793-8), a series of engravings satirizing the excesses of the established Church. Goya casts a questioning eye on the late Enlightenment world, displaying a profoundly Gothic form of Romanticism. During the occupation of Spain by the French (1808-14) under Napoleon's brother Joseph Buonaparte, Goya remained an official artist. He was also theoretically in favour of the "liberal" culture of Napoleonic France.

Herder rejected the idea that there was some notional higher purpose (what postmodernists now call a "grand narrative") by which other cultures could be judged. For Herder, each culture was specific, formed by its own particular set of circumstances. By emphasizing that each culture should be understood in its own terms, Herder was laying the foundations of anthropology as a modern discipline. But the problem with organicist thinking is that it valorizes an abstract "totality" outside the experience of individuals.

In Napoleonic style, he took the title of governor-general for life. Toussaint brilliantly opposed Napoleon's efforts to maintain control over the colony. It was Napoleon's failure to retake Haiti that led to the sale of the other French American colonies to the USA in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803. This made the US a more powerful force in the region. 62 Toussaint's example was followed by Simon Bolivar (1783-1830), the liberator of large parts of South America from Spanish rule. Using Napoleon as his model of the soldier-statesman, and inspired also by Rousseau and the liberal ideals of the Enlightenment, Bolivar founded "Gran Colombia" (incorporating Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Panama), over which he had presidential and eventually dictatorial power.

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