The Latinoamérica Fin de Milenio series constitutes the most recent undertaking of Leopoldo Zea, one of the most acclaimed and influential Latin American intellectuals of the past decades. This particular volume gathers eight short essays intended to deal with the long-lasting impact of events at the end of the nineteenth century: the fall of Spain’s last colonial domains and the confirmation of the United States as the novel star of the new global order. The national spaces covered by the 12 authors are limited to Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, and Spain. The exception is Eduardo Devés, who writes a sharp and provocative text denying that Latin American thought had really understood the political implications of 1898.

The 1898 Treaty of Paris, through which Cuba obtained its independence and Puerto Rico and the Philippines were surrendered to the United States, did not provoke strong allegiances or solidarity toward the decadent Spain in...

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