Tag Archives: Latin America

Sacred Sites: A New Book on Urbanism in Ancient Central Mexico

David M. Carballo, Urbanization and Religion in Ancient Central Mexico, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. 309 pp., $ 58.99 / £ 41.99 / € 64.99. Reviewed by Caterina Pizzigoni, Columbia University In a study that is as concise as it … Continue reading

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Pardo is the New Black: The Urban Origins of Argentina’s Myth of Black Disappearance

By Erika Edwards, University of North Carolina, Charlotte It was a typical day, nothing out of the ordinary. I, a young, small-town girl had landed in a foreign country to begin my study abroad. I knew nothing about Argentina and … Continue reading

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Between a Wall and the Sea: A New Book on Colonial Havana

Guadalupe García, Beyond the Walled City: Colonial Exclusion in Havana, Oakland: University of California Press, 2016,  296 pp., $34.95, £24.95 ISBN: 9780520286047 Reviewed by Cecilia T. Fernández, Freie Universität Berlin Strolling through Havana’s so-called “casco histórico,” its colonial center, can … Continue reading

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Reflections on “Global Urban History” at the Second Global History Student Conference

Philipp Kandler, Freie Universität Berlin, and Thomas Lindner, Max Planck Institute for Human Development The global history of cities is en vogue at the moment. Increasing numbers of historians interested in global history turn to cities as spaces of connectedness … Continue reading

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Fashioning the Colonial Metropolis: Asian Influences and Urban Identities in Colonial Mexico City

Nino Vallen, Freie Universität Berlin At the end of the seventeenth century, the Mexican artist Cristóbal de Villalpando painted the main square of Mexico City. His image of the zócalo depicts approximately 1,200 persons strolling around or standing in groups … Continue reading

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Revolutionary Chic: Left-Wing Exiles, Design, and Urbanism in Mexico City

Randal Sheppard, Universität zu Köln Mexico City was one of the most important and culturally vibrant hubs of political exile in the Western Hemisphere during the twentieth century. However, the scholarly literature about this phenomenon has so far been limited … Continue reading

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Historicizing “Urbanity”: Buenos Aires in the epidemic years

Antonio Carbone, Freie Universität Berlin Scholars in the field of urban studies have been arguing for decades about what exactly the object of their research could be. At a first glance the ‘urban’ appears as a clearly defined field of … Continue reading

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Buenos Aires and the Modern Girl

Cecilia Tossounian, CONICET (Argentina) The modern girl, who emerged during the 1920’s and 1930’s, was a global figure that circulated worldwide through commodity and cultural flows. Born and grown in the city, she was an eminently urban phenomenon. In my study of … Continue reading

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