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Westernization

Marcello Carmagnani and Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

in The Other West

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780520247987
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520947511 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520247987.003.0006
Westernization

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The new ethnic and economic maturity of Latin America enabled the region to face the complex trials of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries both internationally and on the home front. The most important trait in the evolution of the Latin American world in the nineteenth century was not its modernization but the triumph of the material comforts and cultural sophistication that allowed it to participate in world events with a self-assuredness that would have been unlikely at the beginning of the century. Another triumph was a distended capacity to adopt and implement collective decisions with logic identical to that of the West. Analyzing the interaction of Latin America and the world makes its easy to evaluate effectively the role of Latin America and assess the factors that intensified the impact of its collective decisions.

Keywords: ethnic; sophistication; modernization; maturity; triumph

Chapter.  33461 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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