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Entrepreneurship in nineteenth-century Brazil : the formation of a business environment /
Sérgio de Oliveira Birchal.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
xvii, 233 p.
0312217161 (cloth)
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New York : St. Martin's Press, 1999.
0312217161 (cloth)
general note
Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--University of London [date not given].
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-06-01:
Birchal (Catholic Univ. of Minas Gerais) presents an interesting account of the incipient phase of industrialization of Minas Gerais, today indubitably the second most important state of Brazil. Minas Gerais has produced generations of historians who attempted unsuccessfully to undo traditional historiographical trends by demonstrating that the industrialization experience of Minas Gerais was different from other provinces. Birchal is the latest addition to this peculiarly Mineiro intellectual chauvinism. By examining the social and economic roots of the owners of the iron foundries, textile mills, and turnpike of the province, Birchal aims to prove that Mineiro industrialization went through a different trajectory: that capital came from noncoffee agriculture and trade and that industrialists came from the elite class. He spends too much energy differentiating the Mineiro experience from those of Brazil's other regions instead of focusing on the common human experiences. Thus he loses sight of the big picture: capital accumulation from agrarian economies often fueled industrialization, and it was immaterial what commodity set industrialization off. This specialized study is appropriate for comprehensive and research collections only. E. Pang Colorado School of Mines
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Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xii
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Nineteenth-Century Brazilian and Mineiro Economic Historyp. 1
Introductionp. 1
Nineteenth-Century Brazilp. 1
Nineteenth-Century Minas Geraisp. 14
The Entrepreneurp. 21
Introductionp. 21
A brief review of the literaturep. 21
The mineiro entrepreneurp. 23
Social backgroundp. 24
Economic backgroundp. 42
Conclusionp. 64
The Mineiro Firmp. 68
Introductionp. 68
A brief review of the literature on organization theoryp. 68
The scope of activitiesp. 69
The size of the firmp. 69
The market structurep. 92
The administrative structurep. 106
Conclusionp. 125
Technologyp. 128
Introductionp. 128
A brief review of the technological progress literaturep. 128
The process of transfer of technologyp. 132
Reliance on foreign technologies and the limits of indigenous technologyp. 133
The handling of the technologiesp. 151
The process of selectionp. 152
The user-supplier relationshipp. 158
Installation, maintenance and adaptationp. 164
Conclusionp. 182
Conclusionp. 184
Notesp. 186
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 225
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