Pages: 276
Subject: History
Imprint: Oneworld
Illustrations: maps


A Short History

Colin M. Lewis

From pre-Columbus to the recent military regimes, this is an accessible survey of Argentina, its development, key events and the causes behind its turbulent history.
9781851683000 (25 Oct 2002)
RRP £24.00 / US$35.00

The Book

Focussing on the last two centuries, the author outlines all the key events, from Independence to the 'dirty war'. And from the Falklands conflict to the economic and political crises of 2001, while tracing the tumultuous careers of such figures as Rosas, the Perons and Carlos Menem.

Additional Information

Subject History
Pages 276
Imprint Oneworld
Illustrations maps


About the Author

Colin M. Lewis is Senior Lecturer in Latin American Economic History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is an expert on social conditions and policy and policy in Argentina and Latin America, and has published widely in these areas.

Table of Contents

Part 1: International Context

Introduction: Defining a place in the world

One: The regional dimensions of national consolidation.

Two: Independent internationalism: a secure place in the global order?

Three: Neutrality and nationalism: the cost of charting an independent course.

Four: Reaction, realism and global reinsertion: ideology versus pragmatism

Conclusion: Internationalism and nationalism

Part 2: Economy and Society

Introduction: Golden eras and missed opportunities - a long-run perspective.

Five: Imperfect Transition: the flawed belle epoque

Six: Industrialisation and development: aspiration and obsession

Seven: Restructuring economny and society: the political economy of violence.

Eight: Convertibility, poverty and corruption: a future found and lost

Conclusion: In search of efficiency and equity.

Part 3: Politics

Introduction: Conflict and crisis - failure to embed a national project.

Nine: A possible republic and the real republic

Ten: Class Politics: Parties, Power and Democracy.

Eleven: Distributional Conflict: the politics of frustration.

Conclusion: State, politics and citizenship.


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