Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

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Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Editions: Alexander von Humboldt: “Political Essay on the Island of Cuba“, Chicago University Press 2011

Humboldt, Alexander von: Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. A Critical Edition. Edited with an Introduction by Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette. Translated by J. Bradford Anderson, Vera M. Kutzinski, and Anja Becker. With Annotations by Tobias Kraft, Anja Becker, and Giorleny D. Altamirano Rayo. Chicago – London: The University of Chicago Press 2011 [519 p.]

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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. Continue reading