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  • ICAA Record ID
    838505
    AUTHOR
    Siegfried, André, 1875-1959
    TITLE
    Introduction : dans quelle mesure il existe une amérique latine
    IN
    Amérique latine. -- Paris : Librairie Armand Colin, 1934.
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 7-11
    LANGUAGES
    French
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Siegfried, André. "Introduction: Dans quelle mesure il existe une Amérique latine." In Amérique latine, 7-11. Paris: Librairie Armand Colin, 1934.
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Synopsis

André Siegfried’s introduction to Amérique latine (1934) begins with the term “the Americas,” used to conceptually reference the New World. The essay begins by pointing out that the term “North America” evokes a geographical personality and a kind of Anglo-Saxon society. Siegfried further explains that a comparison between the two Americas (North America, namely the United States, and Latin America) shows that each is a product of its origins in Britain for the former and Spain and Portugal in the case of the latter, and concludes that the geographical axis of the continent runs North-South, and the cultural axis runs East-West. This cultural and societal axis is what he believes needs to be used in studying Latin America and this is the aim of his book.

Annotations

Best known for his commentaries on American, Canadian, and British politics, the French political writer André Siegfried (1875–1959) digresses in this analysis of the Latin American republics. He wrote this introduction to his Amérique latine in 1934 (Paris, Librairie Armand Colin) and his argument would be the subject matter of immediate reactions and heated debate fed by Latin American writers, as in the case of Mário de Andrade (1893-1945). This reprint is the book’s second edition (also published by A. Colin, “Choses d'Amérique,” collection publiée sous la direction de l'Institut des études américaines [du Comité France-Amérique], 1949).

Researcher
María C. Gaztambide, ICAA; Esmeralda Salinas, collaborator.
Team
International Center for the Arts of the Americas, MFAH, Houston, USA
Credit
André Siegfried, 1934