Republic of capital : Buenos Aires and the legal transformation of the Atlantic world /
Jeremy Adelman.
Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1999.
x, 376 p. : maps ; 24 cm.
0804733791 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c1999.
0804733791 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [331]-363) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1999-10-01:
Adelman characterizes this book as "political history of economics" and notes in closing that it is "a narrative comprised by indeterminacies." Both are fair descriptions of an intellectually challenging study that could help refocus the historiography of 19th-century Spanish America toward questions of articulated political ideology and economic power in historical development. In writing a "braided" narrative documenting Buenos Aires's transformation from colonial vice-regal center to the capital of a liberal republic, Adelman details the structural and logical changes to the legal underpinnings of property. He makes a case for understanding Argentinean history as part of the liberal Atlantic world of the era rather than as an exception, and he provides a richly developed argument on the nature of the change from ancien regime to liberal republic. The book is not perfect; causal relations between different aspects of the narrative are not always clear, and Adelman's emphasis on the merchant community and institutions of commerce pushes popular participation to the side, but these are minor charges. This study is obligatory reading for scholars in the field and individual chapters should make effective classroom material for upper-division undergraduates. Highly recommended. J. Rosenthal Columbia University
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Table of Contents
Toward a Political History of Economic Lifep. 1
The Age of Revolution, 1780's-1820's
Imperial Reconstitution and the Limits of Political Propertyp. 19
The Quest for Equipoise in the Shadow of Revolutionp. 49
From Revolution to Civil Warp. 74
The Age of "Anarchy," 1820's-1850's
Rosas Agonistes, or the Political Economy of Cronyismp. 109
Chains of Obligation: The Duress of Merchant Lawp. 141
Reconsidering the Republicp. 165
The Age of Order, 1850's-1860's
Constitutional Persuasionsp. 193
The New Property of Merchant Capitalp. 224
Making Money: The Battle for Monetary Authorityp. 251
The Unfinished Revolution of the Republic of Capitalp. 279
Notesp. 297
Bibliographyp. 331
Indexp. 365
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