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Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea
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    Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
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    University of Chicago Press

Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea

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  • Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Paperback
  • 9780226705200
  • 9 X 6 X 0.57 inches
  • 0.82 pounds
  • History > Latin America - South America
  • English
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Latin America is a concept firmly entrenched in its philosophical, moral, and historical meanings. And yet, Mauricio Tenorio-Trillo argues in this landmark book, it is an obsolescent racial-cultural idea that ought to have vanished long ago with the banishment of racial theory. Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea makes this case persuasively.

Tenorio-Trillo builds the book on three interlocking steps: first, an intellectual history of the concept of Latin America in its natural historical habitat--mid-nineteenth-century redefinitions of empire and the cultural, political, and economic intellectualism; second, a serious and uncompromising critique of the current Latin Americanism--which circulates in United States-based humanities and social sciences; and, third, accepting that we might actually be stuck with Latin America, Tenorio-Trillo charts a path forward for the writing and teaching of Latin American history. Accessible and forceful, rich in historical research and specificity, the book offers a distinctive, conceptual history of Latin America and its many connections and intersections of political and intellectual significance. Tenorio-Trillo's book is a masterpiece of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Latin America: The Allure and Power of an Idea

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