The company Editora Nacional today presented the "New History of Ecuador", a collection of fifteen volumes that reflects the life of the country since the decade of the seventies of the last century, told by more than seventy national and foreign authors, with the collaboration of nine academics.
This is the third edition of the work, which was presented at a ceremony held tonight at the Quito headquarters of the "Simon Bolivar" Andean University, headed by the country's president, Lenin Moreno, reported on his Twitter account. Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency (Secom).
The work collects and systematizes the advances in historical research that were made since the 1970s in Ecuador and Latin America, the source added.
"We are dedicated to preparing this work in fifteen volumes and had the participation of 72 Ecuadorian authors and from abroad," explained the historian Enrique Ayala Mora, who coordinated the research team since 1983.
"It is thirty years since the launch of the New History of Ecuador" in its first edition, "which reminds us of the effort of intellectual, editorial, human and political work to build what was recognized as the work of the decade," he said. Milton Luna, coordinator of the Social Contract for Education forum.
For his part, President Moreno, during the presentation, praised the research work of the collection that has served several generations of Ecuadorians.
"I feel like a participant and an accomplice, because it is since 1983, with the first volume, that every Ecuadorian discovered that it was us, the citizens, who made the history of the country," the president said.
He said that his reading was exciting, because for his generation the collection was "a discovery, from the name of each era to the approach to history from our own angles, so daily and loved".
"We learned that historiography was a social science, that it could move consciences and that it was what was going to give musculature to our identity," the president said.
He also said that the work "picked up at the precise moment the concern of all the struggles and demands that beat in Ecuador: multiculturalism, gender equity, identity, the role of social sciences, generational gaps, populism."
"The new story was the product of a splendid 'minga' (volunteer work in Quichua), there are all kinds of historians, all the anthropologists, archaeologists, political scientists, art critics we knew, who we had read, who had been our professors ", added Moreno in statements reproduced by the Secom.
"It is good that we are already in the third edition, which means that the country has read its true history and has been recognized as the protagonist of it," the head of state added.
"The country we are building now, together, needs more volumes of that history, also jointly, we need it more than ever, more than ever," the head of state added.