America Imagined : Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America Hardback
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.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 268 pages, IX, 268 p.
- Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
- Publication Date: 07/08/2012
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9781137018977
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