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Americana: The Americas in the World Around 1850

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Publisher Comments:

The Americas of the 1850s provides James Dunkerley with compelling material for this majestic and unorthodox book. Drawing on a range of contemporary sources, from Walt Whitman to Charles Darwin, Anthony Trollope, Karl Marx and Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, he adopts a fully Atlanticist perspective to reappraise the first steps in American modernity. Americana is arranged around major themes: time and space, culture, political economy and international relations. Between these more general discussions are edited transcripts and commentaries on three court cases from the period which both divert and illuminate: John Mitchel's 1848 conviction for treason in Dublin which led him through Bermuda, Tasmania and Nicaragua before joining the Confederate cause in the US Civil War; Myra Gaines' suit for the return of her legacy which reveals her Sligo-born father to have conspired against Jefferson and treated with Napoleon's agents in the sale of Louisiana; Mariano Munoz's trial for releasing a prisoner on Good Friday in the style of Pontius Pilate which draws the curtain back on Francisco Burdett O'Connor, prefect of Tarija, elder brother of the Chartist leader Feargus and Simon Bolivar's chief of staff.

Americana seeks simultaneously to savour the language and sensibilities of the nineteenth century in the Americas and to provide a pleasurable critique of contemporary vanities over globalisation and the complex sophistication of modernity.

Book News Annotation:

The theme of Dunkerley's (director, Institute Latin American Studies, U. of London) book involves three 19th-century court cases, but much more is covered as the author quotes innumerable contemporary sources from the larger context of the Americas, particularly the US, Great Britain, and Latin America, recreating the 19th century world view. Economics, politics, law, international relations, and local biographies are all subjects, presented in a distinctly critical, engagingly written style from a left-oriented point of view.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Dunkerley's majestic and unorthodox look at the Americas of the 1850s from an Atlanticist perspective: a re-appraisal, illuminated by court cases, of the first steps in American modernity.

About the Author

James Dunkerley is Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and an editor of The Journal of Latin American Studies. His previous books include Power in the Isthmus, The Long War, Rebellion in the Veins and Americana.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859847534
Author:
Dunkerley, James
Publisher:
Verso
Location:
London
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Americas (North Central South West Indies)
Subject:
America
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Trials
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Culture conflict
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
[29]
Publication Date:
20001131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
648
Dimensions:
10 x 7.6 x 1.4 in 3.465 lb

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