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South America: construction through reinvention (2000 - 2008)

This article intends to show that the South America construction came from a concept reinvention. It is used in the speech and practice of Brazilian diplomacy and is based on elements related to hegemony, lidership, hispanic and latin-american identiy. The text tracks the idea of South America since its intelectual origins until its institucionalization in regional political and diplomatic arrangements.

South America; History of Brazilian International Relations; Tracking ideas

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