The Americas in the Modern Age


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Lester D. Langley

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In this wide-ranging book, historian Lester D. Langley offers a fresh interpretation of the history of the modern Western hemisphere since the mid-nineteenth century. He evaluates the dynamics of hemispheric history, commencing with the articulation of the “two Americas” (Theodore Roosevelt’s America and the contrasting America described by Cuban revolutionary, essayist, and poet José Martí) and culminating with recent controversial efforts to forge a united hemisphere.

Tracing the interactions and influences among the nations of South, Central, and North America, including Canada, Langley departs from other accounts of the past 150 years. He argues that the seedtime for today’s Americas was not the Cold War but the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He also contends that it is not what the countries and people of the Americas have in common that binds them; instead, their cultural, political, and economic conflicts tie them together. Comprehensive and balanced, this history of the nations of the Americas offers new insights into both the past and the future of inter-American relations.

Lester D. Langley is professor emeritus of the department of history, University of Georgia. His earlier book, The Americas in the Age of Revolution: 1750–1850, is also available in paperback from Yale University Press.

“A hemispheric history and a comparative history, this stimulating book encompasses a very large geographic area and time period. Langley’s original approach focuses on the whole region and the way in which its parts have interacted.”—Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., Texas Christian University

“This masterful book presents a broad perspective on the history of the Americas since 1850 and, in the final analysis, a basis for understanding the present state of the Americas.”—Roger Trask, Historical Office, Office for the Secretary of Defense

"An insightful volume in which Langley compared and contrasted the causes and consequences of the American, Haitian, and Spanish-American wars of revolution. . . . An intricate synthesis of hemispheric history in modern times."—Mark T. Gilderhus, American Historical Review

ISBN: 9780300107685
Publication Date: March 8, 2005
336 pages, 6 x 9