1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas

    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    508 Pages
    by Routledge

    The colonial heritage and its renewed aftermaths – expressed in the inter-American experiences of slavery, indigeneity, dependence, and freedom movements, to mention only a few aspects – form a common ground of experience in the Western Hemisphere. The flow of peoples, goods, knowledge and finances have promoted interdependence and integration that cut across borders and link the countries of North and South America together. The nature of this transversally related and multiply interconnected region can only be captured through a transnational, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive approach.

    The Routledge Handbook to the History and Society of the Americas explores the history and society of the Americas, placing particular emphasis on collective and intertwined experiences. Forty-four chapters cover a range of concepts and dynamics in the Americas from the colonial period until the present century:

    • The shared histories and dynamics of Inter-American relationships are considered through pre-Hispanic empires, colonization, European hegemony, migration, multiculturalism, and political and economic interdependences.

    • Key concepts are selected and explored from different geopolitical, disciplinary, and epistemological perspectives.

    • Highlighting the contested character of key concepts that are usually defined in strict disciplinary terms, the Handbook provides the basis for a better and deeper understanding of inter-American entanglements.

    This multidisciplinary approach will be of interest to a broad array of academic scholars and students in history, sociology, political science cultural, postcolonial, gender, literary, and globalization studies.

    General Introduction

    Part I

    History and Society in the Americas from the 16th to 19th Century

    Introduction: History and Society in the Americas from the 16th to 19th Century. The Bigger Picture

    Josef Raab, Stefan Rinke and Alice Nash

      1. America
      2. Stefan Rinke

      3. Atlantic
      4. Ernesto Mercado Montero

      5. Colonial Economies
      6. Juan Marchena Fernández

      7. Colonial Rule
      8. Eduardo Cavieres

      9. Columbian Exchange
      10. Charles C. Mann

      11. Conquest and Colonization
      12. Christoph Strobel

      13. Enlightenment
      14. Thomas O. Beebee

      15. Gender
      16. María Amelia Viteri and Cristina Yépez Arroyo

      17. Independence Movements
      18. Roberto Breña

      19. Indigenous Peoples
      20. Alice Nash

      21. Inter-ethnic Relations
      22. Izaskun Álvarez Cuartero

      23. Language
      24. Lilia Rebeca Rodríguez Torres and María del Carmen de la Peza

      25. Memorial Culture
      26. Scott Manning Stevens

      27. Migration
      28. Silke Hensel

      29. Nation and State Building
      30. Stefan Rinke and Mirko Petersen

      31. Religion and Missionizing
      32. Claude Gélinas

      33. Slavery
      34. Christine Hatzky

      35. Unfree Labor
      36. Christine Hatzky

        Part II History and Society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st Century

        Introduction: History and Society in the Americas in the 20th and 21st Century. Inter-American Thresholds and Critical Key Concepts

        Olaf Kaltmeier, Michael Stewart Foley, and Mario Rufer

      37. Alter-Globalization
      38. Guiomar Rovira

      39. Biopolitics
      40. Rodrigo Parrini and Nattie Goluvob

      41. Consumerism
      42. Gustavo Blázquez

      43. Education
      44. Stefan Peters and Adriana Serrudo

      45. Ethnicity
      46. Christian Büschges

      47. Family
      48. Cornelia Giebeler

      49. Freedom
      50. Donovan Hernández

      51. Gender Identities
      52. Karina Bidaseca and Julia Roth

      53. Health
      54. Núria Homedes and Antonio Ugalde

      55. Hybridity, Mestizaje, Creolité
      56. Afef Benessaieh

      57. Indigeneity
      58. Olaf Kaltmeier

      59. Intersectionality
      60. Julia Roth

      61. Latinidad
      62. Luz Angélica Kirschner

      63. Memory Politics
      64. Ludmila Catela Da Silva and Michael Stewart Foley

      65. Modernization
      66. Frederik Schulze

      67. Multiculturalism
      68. Eduardo Restrepo

      69. Popular
      70. Pablo Alabarces

      71. Postcolonialism and Decoloniality
      72. Mario Rufer

      73. Race
      74. Peter Wade

      75. Religious Beliefs
      76. Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer

      77. Social Movements
      78. León Enrique Ávila Romero

      79. Socialism
      80. Marc Becker

      81. Subcultures
      82. Michael Stewart Foley and María del Carmen de la Peza

      83. Transnational Migration
      84. Gilberto Rescher

      85. Urbanization
      86. Lawrence A. Herzog

      87. Whiteness

    María Teresa Garzón Martínez


    Olaf Kaltmeier is Professor for Ibero-American History and Director of the Center for Inter-American Studies (CIAS) at Bielefeld University, Germany.

    Josef Raab is Professor of North American Studies at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.

    Michael Stewart Foley is Professor of American Civilization at the Université Grenoble Alpes.

    Alice Nash is Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, USA.

    Stefan Rinke is Professor of History at the Latin American Institute and the Friedrich Meinecke-Institute of Freie Universität Berlin.

    Mario Rufer is Professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana - Xochimilco, Mexico.