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Political Essay on the Island of Cuba (Alexander Von Humboldt in English) [Hardcover]

Alexander Von Humboldt

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20 May 2011 Alexander Von Humboldt in English
The research Alexander von Humboldt amassed during his five-year trek through the Americas in the early nineteenth century proved foundational to the fields of botany, geography, and geology. But his visit to Cuba during this time yielded observations that extended far beyond the natural world. "Political Essay on the Island of Cuba" is a physical and cultural study of the island nation. In it, Humboldt denounces colonial slavery on both moral and economic grounds and stresses the vital importance of improving intercultural relations throughout the Americas. Humboldt's most controversial book, "Political Essay on the Island of Cuba" was banned, censored, and willfully mistranslated to suppress Humboldt's strong antislavery sentiments. It re-emerges here, newly translated from the original two-volume French edition, to introduce a new generation of readers to Humboldt's astonishing multiplicity of scientific and philosophical perspectives. In their critical introduction, Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette emphasize Humboldt's rare ability to combine scientific rigor with a cosmopolitan consciousness and a deeply felt philosophical humanism. The result is a work on Cuba of historical import that will attract historians of science as well as cultural historians, political scientists, and literary scholars.

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"Vera Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette's critical edition of the "Political Essay on the Island of Cuba" is a major contribution to the many disciplines through which von Humboldt moved--anthropology, geography, history, mineralogy, political science, meteorology, etc.--and evidence that he was a true savant with the eye of a scientist and the soul of an artist. As a book on Cuba, the "Political Essay" is as important as those by Fernando Ortiz, Manuel Moreno Fraginals, Alejo Carpentier, and Jose Lezama Lima. I wish there were as good an edition of it in Spanish."--Roberto Gonzalez Echevarria, Yale University"

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Vera M. Kutzinski is the Martha Rivers Ingram Professor of English, professor of comparative literature, and director of the Alexander von Humboldt in English project at Vanderbilt University. Ottmar Ette is chair of romance literature at the University of Potsdam, Germany, and the author of many books on Humboldt.

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