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Presentation at UNESCO of the fifth volume of the 'General History of Latin America'

Paris, April 9 - The fifth volume of the General History of Latin America, entitled La crisis estructural de las sociedades implantadas (The Structural Crisis in the Settlement Societies), just released by UNESCO Publishing and Trotta, a Spanish publisher, will be presented at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on Friday, April 11.

Venezuelan historian Germán Carrera Damas, the president of the International Scientific Committee supervising the nine-volume series, will introduce the new work which he co-edited with John V. Lombardi, the chancellor of Boston University in the United States.

The latest volume comprises 20 chapters written by 14 experts from Latin America, four from Europe and two from the United States. Chile’s Fundacion Latinoamericana ANDES helped fund the work.

The new book, about 600 pages long and illustrated with photos and maps, deals with what is called the “independence” period, which began in 1808 in the Spanish American colonies with a political quarrel between the Creole and metropolitan parts of the colonial authority.

How were the seeds of a republicanism and independence sown in a colonial society ruled by an absolute monarchy? This is one of the many questions tackled by the book, which also discusses whether independence was the result of civil war, international war, revolution or a simple dispute. Also, were these wars necessary or could emancipation have come through a more gradual process?

Carrera Damas, an academic and author of several books has also served as his country’s ambassador to Colombia, Mexico and the Czech Republic. He says the period was “enormously important because the period of independence resulted in, generated or strengthened developments that have influenced and continue to influence Latin American society even today.”

The General History of Latin America is a comprehensive scientific work, recording the evolution of Latin American societies from the pre-Columbian era to the 20th century. It is the fruit of work by more than 240 historians and experts from all schools of thought.

The presentation will be take place on Friday April 11 at 1 p.m. in Room X.

Historia General de América Latina, Vol. V - La crisis estructural de las sociedades implantadas
UNESCO Publishing/Trotta Price: 35.06 euros

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Publication Date 09 Apr 2003
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