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Dr. Siekmeier publishes new book on Latin American Nationalsim

Professor James Siekmeier recently published new book, Latin American Nationalism: Identity in a Globalizing World (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017). In this book, Dr. Siekmeier looks at nationalism as a durable theme in movements in Latin America, as well as Latin American relations to the rest 
of the world. More information can be found on Bloomsbury Academic's website.

Book Abstract:

With ethnic and class-based national movements taking center stage in countries like Bolivia and Venezuela, nationalism has proven to be one of the most durable and important movements in Latin America. In understanding the history of these nationalisms, we can understand how Latin America relates to the rest of the world. 

As Latin America inserts itself into a rapidly globalizing world, understanding the changing nature of national identify and nationalism is key. By tracing the important historical origins of present-day Latin American nationalism, this book gives readers a thorough introduction to the subject. Only by understanding how nationalism came to be such an important social and political force, can we understand its significance today. In turn, understanding Latin American nationalism helps us understand how Latin America shapes, and is shaped by, a rapidly globalizing world.


"Latin American Nationalism is an outstanding study of an important yet often ignored topic. In an area where the nation-state has not always been strong, nationalism was slower to develop and has had considerable difficulty resisting the onslaught of globalization. This is a must-read for all students of Latin America and its economic and social development." W. Michael Weis, Illinois Wesleyan University, USA

"In his sweeping analysis of Latin American nationalism over two centuries, Siekmeier forcefully argues for its power and distinctiveness while allowing for its rich tapestry of overlapping and sometimes conflicting varieties, including its elite and non-elite manifestations. A much-needed reappraisal of the nation in the age of globalization." Alan McPherson, University of Oklahoma, author of The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations