This work proposes a fresh approach to the study of the process of nation building in Uruguay, integrating both a regional—the greater Río de la Plata area—and a transatlantic perspective. The book addresses the role attributed to education and educational institutions in the consolidation of the nation-state; the creative assimilation of philosophical and pedagogical currents from Europe, the United States, and Latin America; the circulation of intellectuals and ideas from Santiago de Chile to Porto Alegre; and the connections between, as well as similarities and differences among, debates and school reforms in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The chosen chronological framework—which includes two crucial moments in the building of the Uruguayan state—allows an analysis of the changes and continuities in a context of great transformations at a regional and global level.

Jens R. Hentschke develops his argumentation through a dialogue with a vast...

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