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The Idea of Latin America (Blackwell Manifestos) by Walter D. Mignolo

By Walter D. Mignolo

The assumption of Latin the United States is a geo-political manifesto which insists at the have to depart at the back of an concept which belonged to the nation-building mentality of nineteenth-century Europe.Charts the historical past of the concept that of Latin the USA from its emergence in Europe within the moment 1/2 the 19th century via numerous diversifications to the current day. Asks what's at stake within the survival of an idea which subdivides the Americas. Reinstates the indigenous peoples and migrations excluded via identical to a homogenous Latin the United States with outlined borders. Insists at the urgent have to depart in the back of an idea which belonged to the nation-building mentality of nineteenth-century Europe.

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While the four types of barbarism responded to specific criteria, barbarie contraria (“enemy barbarism”) could refer to anyone. Barbarie contraria identified all those who (like today’s “terrorists”) actively worked to undermine Christianity. It was called “enemy barbarism” because of the “barbarians’” hatred of the Christian faith. It would apply to all those infidels who resisted and refused to accept the Gospel. They resisted evangelical preaching, Las Casas concluded, “out of the pure hatred they have toward our faith and to the name of Christ; and they not only refuse to receive and to hear the Christian faith but they mainly impugn and persecute it; and if they could – just to elevate and expand their own sect – they would destroy it” (II, p.

The first is a question of naming that requires consensus in international law. The second is a question of consciousness that requires self-examination by the people who identify themselves (or are identified) as “Latin” Americans. Occidentalism and the “Americanity” of America But how did we get to this point of universal acceptance of the ideas of America and Latin America? What was the geo-political and geo-historical framework in which this idea of America came to life? Behind the apparently neutral description of the “discovery” 22 The Americas, Christian Expansion, and Racism The Christian T-in-O map, from the ninth-century edition of Isidore of Seville’s Etymologies.

In The City of God, Augustine (book XVI) wanted to ask whether the holy city could be traced in “a continuous line from the flood or was so interrupted by intervening periods of irreligion that there are times when not one man emerges as worshipper of the one true God” (book XVI, 1, 649). Thus, Augustine speculates: In fact, from the time of Noah, whom with his wife and his three sons and their wives was found worthy to be rescued from the devastation of the Flood by means of the ark, we do not find, until the time of Abraham, anyone whose devotion is proclaimed by any statement in the inspired Scriptures – except for the fact that Noah commends his sons Shem and Japheth in his prophetic benediction, since he knew, by prophetic insight, what was to happen in the far distant future.

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