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America Imagined

Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America

Authors: Körner, Axel, Smith, Adam I. P.

Editors: Miller, N. (Ed.)

  • The book covers a variety of aspects of the USA, from political culture to gender patterns to slavery
  • The juxtaposition of European and Latin American viewpoints is an important contribution, particularly in light of the extent to which nineteenth century Latin American elites saw themselves as European or sought European cultural patterns to improve their nations
  • The book brings together six historians, all with different specializations, who unusually have worked closely together in developing the project, giving it a welldeveloped framework even as it explores the specifics of various national contexts
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About this book

Why has "America" - that is, the United States of America - become so much more than simply a place in the imagination of so many people around the world? In both Europe and Latin America, the United States has often been a site of multiple possible futures, a screen onto which could be projected utopian dreams and dystopian nightmares. Whether castigated as a threat to civilized order or championed as a promise of earthly paradise, America has invariably been treated as a cipher for modernity. It has functioned as an inescapable reference point for both European and Latin American societies, not only as a model of social and political organization - one to reject as much one to emulate - but also as the prime example of a society emerging from a dramatic diversity of cultural and social backgrounds.

About the authors

Axel Körner is a Reader in Modern European History, University College London, UK.

Nicola Miller is a Professor of Latin American History, University College London, UK.

Adam I. P. Smith is a Senior Lecturer in US History, University College London, UK.

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This superb co-authored study of the image of the United States in Europe and Latin America in the second half of the nineteenth century is one that demands a wide readership. The importance of this volume lies not only in its deep research and persuasive arguments, but also in how its methodology blazes the trail for future transnational and comparative scholarship.' – European History Quarterly
 
"Taken together, the essays in this volume are a welcome addition to the historical literature on international perceptions of the Unites States . . . Overall, the volume's analysis of how America was seen by non-Americans from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War is persuasive and instructive."  - Journal of American History

"Our knowledge of America in the world is greatly enhanced by this rich scholarly collection. Based on scrupulous documentary research and an open but discriminating analytical approach, these essays throw light both on America itself and the 'Americanism' that exerted such varied influence beyond its shores." - James Dunkerley, author of Americana: The Americas in the World, around 1850

"Imaginatively conceived and scintillating in its scholarship, America Imagined is a model of transnational and comparative cultural history. Alert to the possibilities and limitations of the 'global turn', the authors thematically explore the malleable images of the United States in Latin American and European minds through a turbulent era of modernisation. An analytical triumph." - Richard Carwardine, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and co-editor of The Global Lincoln


This superb co-authored study of the image of the United States in Europe and Latin America in the second half of the nineteenth century is one that demands a wide readership. The importance of this volume lies not only in its deep research and persuasive arguments, but also in how its methodology blazes the trail for future transnational and comparative scholarship.' – European History Quarterly

 

"Taken together, the essays in this volume are a welcome addition to the historical literature on international perceptions of the Unites States . . . Overall, the volume's analysis of how America was seen by non-Americans from the Civil War to the Spanish-American War is persuasive and instructive."  - Journal of American History

"Our knowledge of America in the world is greatly enhanced by this rich scholarly collection. Based on scrupulous documentary research and an open but discriminating analytical approach, these essays throw light both on America itself and the 'Americanism' that exerted such varied influence beyond its shores." - James Dunkerley, author of Americana: The Americas in the World, around 1850

"Imaginatively conceived and scintillating in its scholarship, America Imagined is a model of transnational and comparative cultural history. Alert to the possibilities and limitations of the 'global turn', the authors thematically explore the malleable images of the United States in Latin American and European minds through a turbulent era of modernisation. An analytical triumph." - Richard Carwardine, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and co-editor of The Global Lincoln

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
America Imagined
Book Subtitle
Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America
Authors
Editors
  • N. Miller
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01898-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137018984
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-01897-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-53688-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 268
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