»HiE – Humboldt in English« book series: Chicago University Press website goes online!
Chicago University Press recently inaugurated a new website on Alexander von Humboldt. The website is meant to provide context, original sources and further readings on Chicago’s HiE book series, now starting with an entire section on Alexander von Humboldt and Cuba.
The introduction to this section states:
Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba is one of the founding texts of nineteenth-century Cuba. For Humboldt, Cuba was a microcosm of the New World. Foreseeing the social problems to come, his book called for social and economic reform. Because he adopted a strong stand against slavery and the slave trade, the book became the most controversial of Humboldt’s publications in its day. Read more
The site is intended to be used in connection with the text of the translations and was specifically designed with teachers, students and researchers in mind. Topics of the website concerning Humboldt in Cuba include:
- Publication History
- Humboldt in Cuba
- Cuban Networks
- Mapping Cuba
- Brief Timeline: The Political Essay in Cuba
- Cuba, Slavery, and the U.S. Annexation Debate
- Humboldt-Thrasher Controversy
- Textual Comparisons
- Other Documents
The HiE – Humboldt in English project
The Alexander von Humboldt in English (HiE) project seeks to prepare unabridged and annotated translations of the most significant parts of Alexander von Humboldt’s works. In 2011, the series‘ editors Vera M. Kutzinski and Ottmar Ette published the first of the HiE’s three volumes: A Critical Edition of Alexander von Humboldt’s Political Essay on the Island of Cuba. HiE’s edition of the Essai Politique sur l’île de Cuba is the only complete English edition of Humboldt’s revised work on Cuba.
Books in the Humboldt in English Series
Volume 1: Political Essay on the Island of Cuba (2011)
Volume 2: Views of the Cordilleras and Monuments of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas (forthcoming)
Volume 3: Political Essay on the Kingdom of New Spain (forthcoming)
HiE website goes online!