The Other Transatlantic Tie: The Hispanosphere

I s there a ‘‘Hispanosphere?’’ Using conventional lenses, the observer must strain to find it on the horizon of the popular and academic press. And this despite the recent expansion of the analytic universe to account for an ‘‘Anglosphere’’—the cultural, conceptual, and perhaps strategic entity formed by the leading common-law democracies of the former British Empire. Including at its core England, the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the Anglosphere might be widened, as James Bennett has observed, to include the educated, English-speaking nations of the Caribbean, Oceania, Africa, and India. It is generally agreed to include those nations and countries that share of heritage of individualism, rule of law, honoring contracts and covenants, and the elevation of freedom to the first rank of political and cultural values. With common cultures and roots, the Anglosphere, to borrow Samuel Huntington’s well-known formulation, is a ‘‘subcivilization’’ within the wider civilization of ‘‘the West.’’

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