Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Series Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-7

CONTENTS

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pp. vii-viii

LIST OF MAPS

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pp. ix-11

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

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pp. xi-13

My inquisitiveness was stimulated by exchanges with fellow historians but also anthropologists, economists, and political scientists at university symposia and seminars in Italy, Europe, the United States, and Latin America. Special thanks go to my students at the University of Turin and El Colegio...

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INTRODUCTION: LATIN AMERICA IN WORLD HISTORY

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pp. 1-13

This book aims to highlight the role, past and present, of Latin American countries in world history. I believe that historical analysis can lead to insights useful in understanding how, when, and why Latin American regions participated in various worldwide events and the role that each played in the vast...

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ONE / ENTRY

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pp. 14-51

America’s entry into the Western world is the result of a process whose first phase, from the discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1492 to about 1570, when much of the continent had been transformed into an Iberian territory, entailed the violent destruction of the many native American civilizations...

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TWO / THE IBERO-AMERICAN WORLD

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pp. 52-84

The first Western traits adopted by people on the American continent in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were Iberian. The Westernization consisted of adapting and redefining tools, such as those pertaining to the economy and social life, and symbolic ones pertaining to religion, language,...

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THREE / REVIVAL

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pp. 85-135

From the end of the eighteenth century to the first half of the nineteenth, that is, in the period from the French Revolution to the end of the Restoration, Latin America faced unprecedented challenges. Some had come about as a result of changes that had developed at the end of the eighteenth century;...

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FOUR / THE EURO-AMERICAN WORLD

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pp. 136-191

Historians generally have presented the expansion of the international system from the 1850s to the outbreak of the First World War by tracing the various historical factors back to a primary fundamental one. Some studies give more weight to a specific aspect, such as the bourgeoisie, or the imperialist...

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FIVE / WESTERNIZATION

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pp. 192-272

The most significant trait in the evolution of the Latin American world in the nineteenth century was not its modernization but the achievement of the material comforts and cultural sophistication that allowed it to participate in world events with a self-assuredness that would have been...

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CONCLUSION: HISTORICAL FORMS AND TRENDS

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pp. 273-283

In the late 1980s historians became tired of narrow ideological approaches and turned to the then-emerging postmodernist theories. Some, however, like me, still believed that historiography should be able to collaborate with the social sciences and the humanities and compare national and continental...

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 285-300

INDEX

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pp. 301-316