Region and Nation in a Changing World: The Americas in the 19th Century
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All our regions were linked to the Iberian empires in 1800. Three were fully within Spain’s domains, yet different in important ways: Zacatecas was a center of silver mining; Guatemala a deeply indigenous province of limited commercial dynamism; Santiago led a region of Hispanic cultivators supplying Lima. Two others sat at the border of empires: New Orleans and the west bank of the Mississippi were Spanish, while Anglo-Americans free of British rule (and bringing slaves) charged toward the east bank. Rio Grande do Sul formed the southern flank of Portuguese America, a rich agro-pastoral region supplying cities and slave plantations to the north, while the Spanish Rio de la Plata, engaged in parallel production and trades lay just beyond.
Our presenters are established scholars deep into the histories of the regions and nations they discuss. All are pursuing projects in which relations between region and nation remain central. All will engage the central theme. Yet each will bring perspectives that will broaden and complicate our conversations. Around shared concerns with political economy, questions of ideology and policy, family and gender, race, ethnicity, and slavery will illuminate the regional and national variety inherent in nation making. We will explore how regions were the building blocks of nations, and the variety of polities and societies that emerged from their interactions. We aim to open conversations to deepen understandings of regions and complicate discussions of nation making.
Participants: John Tutino, Georgetown University, Chair
Alfredo Ávila, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Presenter
Sarah Chambers, Univesity of Minnesota, Presenter
Danina Vallandro de Carvalho, Unicentro, Paraná, Brazil; and Bryan McCann, Georgetown U., co-presenters
Adam Rothman, Georgetown U., presenter