The Middle Period in Latin America: Values and Attitudes in the 17th-19th Centuries

The Middle Period in Latin America: Values and Attitudes in the 17th-19th Centuries

The Middle Period in Latin America: Values and Attitudes in the 17th-19th Centuries

The Middle Period in Latin America: Values and Attitudes in the 17th-19th Centuries

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This book is the end product of a conference I organized around the theme of historical mentalities in Latin America during the period following the sixteenth-century conquests and prior to the export-led boom of the late nineteenth century. Entitled "The Hidden Engines of Change: Values and Attitudes in Latin American History," the conference took place on the campus of Florida International University in the spring of 1987. Its goal was an exploration of the potential of mentalité as an explanatory variable of change and continuity in the Latin American past.

The participants at that conference included Eric Van Young, Murdo MacLeod, Howard Kaminsky, Teresita Martínez-Vergne, Alida Metcalf, and myself, while Robert M. Levine provided insightful comments. It turned out to be an exciting and rewarding experience—yet we realized that, for the sake of testing and enhancing the findings of the original presenters, opportunities had to be sought to incorporate additional case studies of regional and temporal areas. I was fortunate in having colleagues who shared freely their suggestions in this regard and who provided me with information regarding scholars whose research would fit the thematic emphasis and paradigmatic design of the original conference.

I would like to single out for special acknowledgment two colleagues. Professor José Deustua, a visiting professor in the Department of History at FIU, exchanged ideas with me and provided fascinating comparisons between the Andean and Pampean experiences. His interest and energy resulted in the collaboration of Manuel Burga, thereby broadening the thematic and spatial coverage of the book. Similarly, my discussions with Joe Tulchin on the topic of mentalité and the applicability of attitudinal approaches to Latin American history yielded the fine work of John Charles Chasteen for inclusion here.

The research area of mental dispositions borrows heavily from other disciplines, of course. It is also a field of inquiry that always leaves us asking . . .

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