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Between the mid-nineteenth and mid-twentieth centuries, an influx of Europeans, Asians, and Arabic speakers indelibly changed the face of Latin America. While many studies of this period focus on why the immigrants came to the region, this volume addresses how the newcomers helped construct national identities in the Caribbean, Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil.

In these essays, some of the most respected scholars of migration history examine the range of responses--some welcoming, some xenophobic--to the newcomers. They also look at the lasting effects that Jewish, German, Chinese, Italian, and Syrian immigrants had on the economic, sociocultural, and political institutions. These explorations of assimilation, race formation, and transnationalism enrich our understanding not only of migration to Latin America but also of the impact of immigration on the construction of national identity throughout the world.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Illustrations
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction: Reconceptualizing Diasporas and National Identities in Latin America and the Caribbean, 1850–1950
  2. Michael Goebel
  3. pp. 1-28
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  1. Part I: Spaces of Migration
  2. pp. 29-30
  1. 1. Migrants, Nations, and Empires in Transition: Native Claims in the Greater Caribbean, 1850s–1930s
  2. Lara Putnam
  3. pp. 31-65
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  1. 2. The Limits of the Cosmic Race: Immigrant and Nation in Mexico, 1850–1950
  2. Jürgen Buchenau
  3. pp. 66-90
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  1. 3. Immigration, Identity, and Nationalism in Argentina, 1850–1950
  2. Jeane DeLaney
  3. pp. 91-114
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  1. 4. Nation and Migration: German-Speaking and Japanese Immigrants in Brazil, 1850–1945
  2. Frederik Schulze
  3. pp. 115-138
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  1. Part II: Migrating Peoples
  2. pp. 139-140
  1. 5. Motherlands of Choice: Ethnicity, Belonging, and Identities among Jewish Latin Americans
  2. Jeffrey Lesser and Raanan Rein
  3. pp. 141-159
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  1. 6. The Reconstruction of National Identity: German Minorities in Latin America during the First World War
  2. Stefan Rinke, Translated from German by Christopher Reid
  3. pp. 160-181
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  1. 7. In Search of Legitimacy: Chinese Immigrants and Latin American Nation Building
  2. Kathleen López
  3. pp. 182-204
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  1. 8. British Caribbean Migration and the Racialization of Latin American Nationalisms
  2. Nicola Foote
  3. pp. 205-233
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  1. 9. Italian Fascism and Diasporic Nationalisms in Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay
  2. Michael Goebel
  3. pp. 234-255
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  1. 10. “The Summit of Civilization”: Nationalisms among the Arabic-Speaking Colonies in Latin America
  2. Steven Hyland Jr.
  3. pp. 256-280
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  1. Conclusion: Writing Latin American Nations from Their Borders: Bringing Nationalism and Immigration Histories into Dialogue
  2. Nicola Foote
  3. pp. 281-304
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 305-344
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 345-346
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 347-356
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813055039
MARC Record
OCLC
894789498
Pages
368
Launched on MUSE
2014-12-04
Language
English
Open Access
No
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