In our era of globalization regions of the world have moved closer together and distances have been reduced, interactions between nations have multiplied, but so has the potential for conflict. Whoever wants to find orientation in this new constellation will have to venture to take a look at the world and to study their historical foundations. Latin America was the “first America” of the Age of Discovery. It thus stands at the beginning of our Modern Age and at the centre of the historic discussion of global interactions.
In the scope of the teaching and research agendas of the Latin American Institute, the Friedrich Meinecke Institute, the Center for Area Studies, the Area Histories network and the Forschungsverbund Lateinamerika Berlin-Brandenburg (ForLaBB), the Department of Latin American History critically examines the local, regional and national developmental processes in their respective historical settings, while paying special attention to the analysis of their transnational and transregional contexts. Historical scholarship further analyses the use of history. It thereby establishes a link to the present, whose temporal development it investigates with an eye towards achieving critical enlightenment.
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