What role does Latin America play in the field of world history? This is an important question to ask as we move into an ever-more-globalized world. In the past two decades, world history courses have proliferated in many U.S. universities, and world history has slowly begun to emerge as a viable research field. Although Latin America plays a part in this globalizing vision, its place within the field remains problematic.

The essays that follow examine the place of Latin America in world history from three different perspectives: how the region is written into world history textbooks, how it fits into world history research, and how it should be taught in world history courses. The authors ask what a more thorough incorporation of material on Latin America will mean for the field; all areas need to be considered very carefully, for each aspect affects...

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