Looking South: The Evolution of Latin Americanist Scholarship in the United States, 1850-1975

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Overview

Looking South is the first book to trace the evolution of Latin Americanist scholarship in the United States. By visiting seminal works and the cultures from which they emerged, following the effects of changes in scholarly norms and political developments on the training of students, and evaluating generations of scholarship in texts, monographs, and journal articles, Delpar illuminates the growth of scholarly inquiry into Latin American history, anthropology, geography, political science, economics, sociology, and other social science disciplines.

The first part of the book describes the developments from 1850 to 1935, emphasizing the contributions of historians and anthropologists. Delpar then presents an account of trends in Latin American studies from 1935 to 1975. Although Latin American studies expanded during the "Good Neighbor" era and World War II, interest in the region diminished in the 1950s as other regions seemed more relevant in the Cold War. By 1960 several factors, most notably the Cuban Revolution, contributed to a revival of interest in Latin America, and the U.S. government and private groups devoted millions to research and teaching about the region.

About the Author:
Helen Delpar is Professor of History at The University of Alabama

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is a very interesting and thorough survey that beautifully conveys the evolution of scholarship and teaching about Latin America in the United States.”
Marshall C. Eakin,  author of Brazil: The Once and Future Country

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“Helen Delpar's book, Looking South, is a journey and an adventure--a trip through the dreams and reality of Latin America. In the book the reader encounters people, places, and ideas, often unexpectedly. Her work is historiography in an extended sense--history that encompasses all ideas, artifacts, and human development going back well into the past. Delpar follows a century and a quarter of the origins and transformation of U.S. interest in Latin America. Her work is informative, enlightening, and, at times, fascinating. Looking South clearly offers a reward for the modest effort required to read it. When I reached the end, my reward was that I better understood the people, ideas, and historical development of a field that I had worked in for over forty years.”—H-Net Reviews

"Delpar's book deserves credit for pointing scholars in the direction of work that still deserves more attention than it has received."--The Americas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817354640
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 12/24/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Helen Delpar is Professor of History at The University of Alabama and author of  Red Against Blue: The Liberal Party in Colombian Politics, 1863–1899 andThe Enormous Vogue of Things Mexican: Cultural Relations between the United States and Mexico, 1920–1935.
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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Beginnings     1
Laying the Foundations     25
Early Historians     33
The Rise of Anthropology     52
Geography and the Other Social Sciences     73
Latin Americanists and the World of Policy Making     90
Maturity and Institutionalization     109
A Decade of Expansion, 1935-1945     111
Marking Time, 1945-1958     129
The Boom Years, 1958-1975     153
Conclusion     184
Notes     191
Select Bibliography     227
Index     235
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