Alexander von Humboldt: Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain, 2 Volumes (Monographie)

A critical Edition. Edited and with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette

Allgemeine Angaben


Ottmar Ette

The University of Chicago Press
Alexander von Humboldt in English
Weiterführender Link
978-0-22665-138-5 ( im KVK suchen )
Thematik nach Sprachen
Französisch, Spanisch
Literaturwissenschaft, Medien-/Kulturwissenschaft
Mexiko, Alexander von Humboldt, Ottmar Ette, Nouvelle Espagne, Vera M. Kutzinski, Neuspanien, Essai politique, New Spain


Publisher’s information:

Alexander von Humboldt was the most celebrated modern chronicler of North and South America and the Caribbean, and this translation of his essay on New Spain—the first modern regional economic and political geography—covers his travels across today’s Mexico in 1803–1804. The work canvases natural-scientific and cultural-scientific objects alike, combining the results of fieldwork with archival research and expert testimony.

To show how people, plants, animals, goods, and ideas moved across the globe, Humboldt wrote in a variety of styles, bending and reshaping familiar writerly conventions to keep readers attentive to new inputs. Above all, he wanted his readers to be open-minded when confronted with cultural and other differences in the Americas. Fueled by his comparative global perspective on politics, economics, and science, he used his writing to support Latin American independence and condemn slavery and other forms of colonial exploitation. It is these voluminous and innovative writings on the New World that made Humboldt the undisputed father of modern geography, early American studies, transatlantic cultural history, and environmental studies.

This two-volume critical edition—the third installment in the Alexander von Humboldt in English series—is based on the full text, including all footnotes, tables, and maps, of the second, revised French edition of Essai politique sur le royaume de de Nouvelle Espagne from 1825 to 1827, which has never been translated into English before. Extensive annotations and full-color atlases are available on the series website.



Ersteller des Eintrags
Ottmar Ette
Donnerstag, 21. November 2019, 11:05 Uhr
Letzte Änderung
Sonntag, 24. November 2019, 17:35 Uhr