Interpreting Spanish Colonialism

Interpreting Spanish Colonialism

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Interpreting Spanish Colonialismoffers a compelling examination of how historians in Spain and the Americas have come to understand and write about the Spanish colonial past and its meanings for national presents. Working from a transnational perspective, the book brings together scholars of Spain, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The eight essays situate historians' writings within the context of their day, suggesting how qhistoryq has--perhaps more often than not--responded to present-day needs, agendas, and expectations. This collection retraces the link between historiography and nation-building in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It also explores how and why Spain and its colonies came to be depicted as qbackwardq and qmarginalq to other European and U.S. qmodernq regimes. Finally, it questions the contours of contemporary discussions of colonial and postcolonial histories that have remained largely silent about the legacies of centuries of Spanish rule.Between Backwardness and Modernity: Use and Abuse of Peculiarities If emphasizing Spanish and Latin American difference ... An essay by Juan Pablo Fusi captured this mood by contrasting 1998 to 1898: The contrast between both fines de siglo was, of course, much greater. ... In other words, if Spain is surprisingly modern, then what does that say about the meaning of modernity?27 This questionanbsp;...

Title:Interpreting Spanish Colonialism
Author: Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, John M. Nieto-Phillips
Publisher:UNM Press - 2005

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