The Invention of Latin America: A Transnational History of Anti-Imperialism, Democracy, and Race

  title={The Invention of Latin America: A Transnational History of Anti-Imperialism, Democracy, and Race},
  author={Michel Gobat},
  journal={The American Historical Review},
  • M. Gobat
  • Published 1 December 2013
  • History, Political Science
  • The American Historical Review
WITH THE PUBLICATION OF Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities in 1983, it has become commonplace among scholars to view nations no longer as things natural but as historical inventions.1 Far less ink has been spilled concerning the formation of larger geopolitical entities such as continents. Many still take their origins for granted. Yet as some scholars have shown, the terms “Africa,” “America,” “Asia,” and “Europe” resulted from complex historical processes.2 The concept of the continent… 

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