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Professor Inducted into Royal Academy of History

Allan J. Kuethe will be the 16th American inducted into the academy since 1956.

Written by John Davis

As a member of the academy, Kuethe will have access to all the academy’s resources in Barcelona.

As a member of the academy, Kuethe will have access to all the academy’s resources in Barcelona.

A Horn Professor of History at Texas Tech has become a member of Spain’s Royal Academy of History.

Allan J. Kuethe, who specializes in Latin American studies and 18th Century Spanish history, will be the 16th American inducted into the academy since 1956. He is one of six Americans currently in the academy.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen,” Kuethe said. “Half of my publications are in Spanish, so my work has circulated a great deal in Spain.”

As a member of the academy, he will have access to all the academy’s resources in Barcelona.

Kuethe, along with former Texas Tech President Donald Haragan, helped to establish the Texas Tech University Center in Seville, Spain. A former chairman of the Department of History, he is the second Horn Professor – the highest honor bestowed on a professor at Texas Tech. He joined the university in 1967 and has taught Latin American and Spanish history and the history of France and Western civilization.

Though originally interested in the history of the Spain’s American colonies, Kuethe became interested in Spain’s history as well.

“I started in Spanish American history and the Spanish Empire in America by researching in Colombia,” he said. “I was in Bogotá for more than a year. And I quickly discovered that if you want to write colonial histories of these places, you should start in Spain.”

Kuethe’s publications include “Military Reform and Society in New Granada, 1773-1808;” “Cuba, 1753-1815; Crown, Military, and Society;” “Reform and Insurrection in Bourbon New Granada and Peru,” with John Fisher and Anthony McFarlane of the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick; “Estructura Comercial y Poder en La Colonizacion de America,” co-authored and edited with Enriqueta Vila of the School of Hispanic American Studies; and “Volume III of the UNESCO history of Latin America” with Alfredo Castillero Calvo of the University of Panama.

Currently, he is working on “War and Reform in the Spanish Atlantic: 1714-1796” with Kenneth Andrien at Ohio State University.

The academy was established in 1737 by King Philip V to preserve the memory of the Spanish monarchy. It consists of 36 historians based in Madrid. Foreigners may be admitted as “correspondientes” after nomination by three members and a majority vote of the full membership. Before Kuethe, the last U.S. admission came in 2007.

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6 Responses to “Professor Inducted into Royal Academy of History”

  1. David Murrah Says:

    Congratulations to a fine historian and fine man! Well-deserved. But, does it mean that we now have to address Allan as “Sir Allen”, or, worse yet, “Your royal historianship”?
    David Murrah

  2. Jay Conover Says:

    Alan certainly deserves this honor. It is heartwarming to see our Texas Tech scholars get the recognition they deserve.

  3. Ronald M. Benson Says:

    Congratulations. A Honor bestowed, a Honor merited, a honor to the Department of History, a honor to Tech.

    Ronald M. Benson, Ph. D.
    A. B. Texas Tech, 1960.(History)

  4. Curtis D. Goss Says:

    Dr. Kuethe,
    Just wanted to congratulate you on receiving this honor you are receiving. I still remember your History of the Carribean as my favorite history class during my time as an undergraduate at TTU, and I use the information I learned in that class frequently. Thank you for all you have done for students; and sincere congratulations on receiving this well-deserved honor.
    Sincerely,
    Curtis D. Goss
    Assistant Professor of Spanish
    Southwest Baptist University
    1600 University Avenue
    Bolivar, MO 65613

    417-328-1685 cgoss@sbuniv.edu

  5. Robert S. Weddle Says:

    Hey, Allan,
    Ever since that summer of 1979, when were fellow researchers in the AGI, and socialilzed at the end of the day, I’ve known you were destined for great things. That assessment has been verified and reinforced by what I have heard from and of you through the years. My heaartfelt congratulations and best wishes for your continued success.
    Bob Weddle

  6. Jennifer Craig Says:

    Congratulations Dr. Kuethe. I had you for classes way back in the late 60′s or early 70′s: I think that long ago it was a World History class but I’m not sure. I still remembered you as a good teacher and immediately recognized your name when I saw the article on Tech Today. So again, congratulations on a personal level and congratulations for adding more honors to the Tech History Department.
    Jennifer Craig
    BA History 1972

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