American Mediterraneans: A Study in Geography, History, and Race (Gillman Susan)(Paperback)


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The story of the "American Mediterranean," both an idea and a shorthand popularized by geographers, historians, novelists, and travel writers from the early nineteenth century to the 1970s. The naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, visiting the Gulf-Caribbean in the early nineteenth century, called it America's Mediterranean. Almost a century later, Southern California was hailed as "Our Mediterranean,

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The story of the "American Mediterranean," both an idea and a shorthand popularized by geographers, historians, novelists, and travel writers from the early nineteenth century to the 1970s. The naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, visiting the Gulf-Caribbean in the early nineteenth century, called it America's Mediterranean. Almost a century later, Southern California was hailed as "Our Mediterranean, Our Italy!" Although "American Mediterranean" is not a household phrase in the United States today, it once circulated widely in French, Spanish, and English as a term of art and folk idiom. In this book, Susan Gillman asks what cultural work is done by this kind of unsystematic, open-ended comparative thinking. American Mediterraneans tracks two centuries of this geohistorical concept, from Humboldt in the early 1800s, to writers of the 1890s reflecting on the

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