America Imagined

Explaining the United States in Nineteenth-Century Europe and Latin America

  • Editors
  • Axel Körner
  • Nicola Miller
  • Adam I. P. Smith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Axel Körner
    Pages 1-18
  3. Adam I. P. Smith
    Pages 19-49
  4. Kate Ferris
    Pages 51-79
  5. Nicola Miller
    Pages 81-123
  6. Axel Körner
    Pages 125-159
  7. Maike Thier
    Pages 161-189
  8. Natalia Bas, Kate Ferris, Nicola Miller
    Pages 191-223
  9. Nicola Miller
    Pages 225-240
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 241-268

About this book


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.


Europe liberty USA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2012
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-43729-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-01898-4
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