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African, American and European Trajectories of ModernityPast Oppression, Future Justice?$
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Peter Wagner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474400404

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400404.001.0001

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The American Divergence, the Modern Western World and the Paradigmatisation of History

The American Divergence, the Modern Western World and the Paradigmatisation of History

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(p.21) 1 The American Divergence, the Modern Western World and the Paradigmatisation of History
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African, American and European Trajectories of Modernity
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Aurea Mota

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474400404.003.0002

This chapter reconstructs the conceptual, rather than geographical, separation of ‘the Americas’ into a North America and a South America with distinct sociopolitical connotations. More specifically, it examines what it calls the paradigmatisation of history and the emergence of the modern Western world, along with some aspects of what was regarded as America, the ‘New World’, before and after the modern ruptures that occurred in the liminal ‘age of revolutions’. It also discusses what became known as the ‘American Revolution’ with its notions of ‘manifest destiny’ and ‘American exceptionalism’. The chapter argues that what used to be understood as the New World went through a process of divergence during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and that this divergence was appropriated by instituting different significant categories by the narratives of the enlargement of the modern Western world in the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Americas, North America, South America, Western world, New World, American Revolution, manifest destiny, American exceptionalism

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