The global history of Latin America

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This article explains why historians of Latin America have been disinclined to engage with global history, and how global history has yet to successfully integrate Latin America into its debates. It analyses research patterns and identifies instances of parallel developments in the two fields, which have operated until recently in relative isolation from one another, shrouded and disconnected. It outlines a framework for engagement between Latin American history and global history, focusing particularly on the significant transformations of the understudied nineteenth-century. It suggests that both global history and Latin American history will benefit from recognition of the existing work that has pioneered a path between the two, and from enhanced and sustained dialogue.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-386
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Global History
Issue number3
Early online date6 Oct 2015
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015


  • Latin America
  • Decoloniality
  • Commodities
  • Empire
  • Historiography


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