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.
Table of Contents
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
- Colonial Economies
- Colonial Rule
- Columbian Exchange
- Conquest and Colonization
- Independence Movements
- Indigenous Peoples
- Inter-ethnic Relations
- Memorial Culture
- Nation and State Building
- Religion and Missionizing
- Unfree Labor
- Gender Identities
- Hybridity, Mestizaje, Creolité
- Memory Politics
- Postcolonialism and Decoloniality
- Religious Beliefs
- Social Movements
- Transnational Migration
Ernesto Mercado Montero
Juan Marchena Fernández
Charles C. Mann
Thomas O. Beebee
María Amelia Viteri and Cristina Yépez Arroyo
Izaskun Álvarez Cuartero
Lilia Rebeca Rodríguez Torres and María del Carmen de la Peza
Scott Manning Stevens
Stefan Rinke and Mirko Petersen
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
Rodrigo Parrini and Nattie Goluvob
Stefan Peters and Adriana Serrudo
Karina Bidaseca and Julia Roth
Núria Homedes and Antonio Ugalde
Luz Angélica Kirschner
Ludmila Catela Da Silva and Michael Stewart Foley
Heinrich Wilhelm Schäfer
León Enrique Ávila Romero
Michael Stewart Foley and María del Carmen de la Peza
Lawrence A. Herzog
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.