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Amnis is a French multidisciplinary review with an international editorial board. Available on the web, the review has been created by Severiano Rojo Hernandez in 2000, Full Professor in the Arts Faculty, at Aix Marseille Université (Aix-en-Provence, France) and member of the research center TELEMME (TEMPS, ESPACES, LANGAGES, EUROPE MÉRIDIONALE, MÉDITERRANÉE, CNRS). Amnis aims at providing researchers with a tool that contributes to a thorough and diversified reflection on the recent past, present and future of (East and West) European and (North, South and Central) American societies (19th to 21st centuries). The periodical publishes articles (one issue a year), lists of recent articles and works, as well as information of a scientific nature (conferences, etc.). Amnis welcomes contributions from the entire scientific community. However, publication of articles is possible only if the author regardless of her/his perspectives focuses her/his analysis on an historical, political, economic, social or cultural phenomenon involving European and American societies. To ensure the quality of the review, before publication, submitted papers are examined by two external assessors for evaluation.

The presence of Amnis on the web is directly linked to the characteristics of the Internet. The web offers numerous advantages: quick publication, easy contact between author and readers, and a flexible format that allows for change and growth. The Internet also, like our publication, exists without national constraint and allows a larger audience to access the studies on European and American societies that have heretofore only been available to specialists in the field.

The research axes of Amnis hinge on the idea of civilization, both as a concept and as a field of study. Shorn of all ethnocentric connotations from the 18th and 19th centuries, this vision of «civilization» rejects all comparisons between societies referred to as «civilized» and «uncivilized» and focuses on understanding the internal workings of the societies and analyzing the relationships that they maintain among themselves. The geographic field has been voluntarily limited to the «Europes» and the «Americas» for several reasons. On the one hand, Amnis centers its research on the societies in which the model or models are considered, rightly or wrongly, hegemonic for several centuries and notably in the present time. A geographic field stretching from the Ural to Patagonia allows us to observe to what extent these models recur as well as how each society maintains its unique character. Thus, this comparative and multidisciplinary approach facilitates the analysis and understanding of where our models persist and where they break down on a continental scale.

Moreover, it seems impossible to ignore Latin America and Eastern Europe. How is it possible to forget that the European Union keeps on expanding and that the creation of NAFTA (at the behest of Mercosur) underscores a trend toward the unification of the Americas which will not, given the aspiration of other countries on that continent to belong, stop at Mexico ? Finally, Amnis over and above the two continents that it has chosen as its subject, devotes itself to the study of two economic, political and even cultural coalitions that are forming in a world where globalization is becoming the norm.

Severiano Rojo Hernandez

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