Reconquering the Americas in order to Regenerate Europe. Spanish Nationalism and American Inde- pendence Centennials in 1910-1911

Javier Moreno Luzón
2010 Historia Mexicana El Colegio de México  
This article analyzes Spanish participation in the centennial celebration of several American independencies in 1910-1911 (those of Argentina, Mexico, Chile and Venezuela). The recurring issues of Spanish nationalism of that time are studied, inclu- ding the need to "regenerate" Spain after the 1898 disaster, by adopting a "hispanoamericanist" language. The author also describes the initiatives of several immigrant collectivities in these American countries, concerned as they were about their
more » ... hesion and visibility, and discusses the impulses and limitations of Spain's foreign policies. All these elements reveal the relevance acquired by centennial commemorations in nationalist movements and policies.
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