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Book Presentation:John Tutino's 'The Mexican Heartland'

  • Mexican Cultural Institute 2829 16th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20009 United States (map)

The Mexican Cultural Institute, the Americas Initiative, and Georgetown University present John Tutino (Professor of History and Director of Americas Initiative at Georgetown University) in conversation with Emilio Kourí (Professor and Chair, History Department and Director, Katz Center for Mexican Studies at the University of Chicago). Moderated by Julia Young (Associate Professor, History at Catholic University of America), the talk will focus on John Tutino's new book The Mexican Heartland: How Communities Shaped Capitalism, a Nation, and World History, 1500-2000.

The evening will begin with a conversation between the author and Emilio Kourí exploring the arguments of the book, the questions raised, and the implications for understanding Mexico's current challenges. The conversation will then open to include the audience.

In The Mexican Heartland (Princeton University Press, 2018), John Tutino offers a new vision of the long course of the history of New Spain and Mexico, setting that history at the center of the rise and development of global capitalism while viewing it from the perspective of the people in the communities surrounding Mexico City. He argues that New Spain and its communities were pivotal active participants in the rise of capitalism before 1800, that the Mexican nation and the same communities were equally engaged in the transformations that created a new industrial world after 1820, and that they were central to the dream of building a more national capitalism after 1920-and to the collapse of that dream and the turn to globalization after 1980.

Books will be available for sale and for signing.