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Revista de historia de América

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MARICHAL, Carlos  and  PITA, Alexandra. Some reflections on the history of Latin American intellectuals / diplomats in the 19th and 20th centuries. Rev. hist. Am. [online]. 2019, n.156, pp.97-123.  Epub Feb 28, 2022. ISSN 2663-371X.

Both in the nineteenth century and in the twentieth century, Latin American intellectuals have played a leading role as diplomatic representatives, favoring the projection and cultural prestige of their rights in the international arena. However, the explanation of why intellectuals got involved in diplomacy was restricted to the representatives of the high culture of the countries, and also to the United States for a good image abroad. This is the possibility of seeing beyond people to offer a broader reflection. This requires changing the way of studying international relations as the field of foreign policy to present attention to ideas, their circulation and networks. For this, this essay reflects on the Latin American intellectuals / diplomats, placing us in a temporality that goes from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the third decade of the twentieth century. The London-Paris-Washington axis is analyzed to understand the conjunctures, scenarios and actors that revolve around Latin American diplomacy.

Keywords : Panamericanism; intellectuals; diplomats; Latin America.

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