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Introduction: Latin America—The Limitations and Meaning of A Historical Category

Jose C. Moya

in The Oxford Handbook of Latin American History

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195166217
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195166217.013.0001

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

Introduction: Latin America—The Limitations and Meaning of A Historical Category

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The introductory article addresses the following issue: the limitations and meaning of Latin America as a historical category. It does so in consecutive sections that explore other categories that could be more meaningful than the categories of Latin and North in the conceptual organization of space within the Americas; the commonalities that distinguish the Americas from the rest of the world; the commonalities that distinguish Latin America from both the rest of the Americas and the rest of the colonized world; and the reasons why a region that is in the Western Hemisphere in many more ways than geographically became excluded from “the West”.

Keywords: Latin America; historiography; historical category; New World; Western Hemisphere

Article.  12368 words. 

Subjects: History ; History of the Americas

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