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National Identity Building in Mexican Historiography during the Nineteenth Century. An Attempt at Synthesis

Abstract : This paper proposes a conceptualisation of the main modalities of historical consciousness in Mexican historiography during the nineteenth century. These modalities are based on the analysis of different overarching historical narratives that were intended to produce a new national identity after the War of Independence (1810-1821). These narratives disclose different notions about the utility of historical knowledge and the relationship between past and present. Consequently, in the first place it is presented a brief discussion of the interaction between the concepts of historical consciousness and national identity. Secondly a succinct historical background of the Colonial period is provided. Finally, through the examination of specific historical works and authors, the three modalities of historical consciousness that have been identified are presented; the past as will, the past as experience and the past as memory.
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Rodrigo Díaz Maldonado. National Identity Building in Mexican Historiography during the Nineteenth Century. An Attempt at Synthesis. Storia della storiografia, Editoriale Jaca Book, 2016, 70 (2), pp.73-93. ⟨10.19272/201611502004⟩. ⟨hal-02545753⟩

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