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Latin America in the world economy : mercantile colonialism to global capitalism /
Frederick Stirton Weaver.
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Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2000.
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xvii, 252 p. : map ; 23 cm.
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0813338093 (pbk.)
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Boulder, CO : Westview Press, 2000.
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0813338093 (pbk.)
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3974607
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Frederick Stirton Weaver is professor of economics and history at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2001-01-03:
Weaver (Hampshire College, author of Inside the Volcano: The History and Political Economy of Central America, CH, Sep'95) states that the purpose of his book is to "show how the interplay between international and local forces has shaped the major directions of Latin American political economy." He describes his volume as an imperialistic interpretation of the history of Latin American economic development right up to present day neoliberal reforms in the region. A lengthy but intermittent presentation of history of imperialism in the Northern Hemisphere occupies approximately 30 percent of the book and is not directly about Latin America. Particularly relevant for those whose point of view is centered on social conflict within Latin America, this work offers an imperialistic interpretation of Spanish colonization and the English financing of independence, right through the 1980s debt crises and current widespread adoption of the neoliberal model. For others, the text itself quintessentially represents the ideology of Latin American development thought that predominated prior to neoliberal reform. Chapter notes as well as a 30-page references section. For collections serving upper-division undergraduate and graduate students. D. G. Arce M.; Rhodes College
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This text considers the dual aspect of Latin American development: how external factors (phases of world capitalism since Columbus) interweave with internal factors (Latin American culture, politics, and social groups).
Main Description
Latin America in the World Economy considers the dual aspect of Latin American development: how external factors (phases of world capitalism since Columbus) interweave with internal factors (Latin American culture, politics, and social groups). Within his skillful approach, Weaver demonstrates how domestic social conflicts and power relations have consistently capitalized on changes in the international economy, while, conversely, engagement with the international economy has consistently constrained local struggles and patterns of change. With over half of the book dedicated to the "short" twentieth century (after 1930), Latin America in the World Economy is appropriate for courses in Latin American economic history, political economy, and development.
Main Description
Latin America in the World Economyconsiders the dual aspect of Latin American development: how external factors (phases of world capitalism since Columbus) interweave with internal factors (Latin American culture, politics, and social groups). Within his skillful approach, Weaver demonstrates how domestic social conflicts and power relations have consistently capitalized on changes in the international economy, while, conversely, engagement with the international economy has consistently constrained local struggles and patterns of change. With over half of the book dedicated to the "short" twentieth century (after 1930),Latin America in the World Economyis appropriate for courses in Latin American economic history, political economy, and development.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
List of Acronymsp. xvii
Map of Western Hemispherep. xix
The Changing World Economy: Introduction and Early Historyp. 1
Some Preliminary Principles and Termsp. 2
Tribute-Seeking Empiresp. 4
Mercantilism and Commercial Expansion, 1450-1750p. 5
Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Colonial Latin America as an Uncertain Mercantile Projectp. 13
Competitive Capitalist Industrialization, Free Trade Imperialism, and Latin American Independence, 1700-1850p. 25
Competitive Capitalism: Englandp. 25
Free Trade Imperialismp. 32
Political Independence in Latin Americap. 35
Independent Spanish America in the World Marketp. 44
Finance Capitalism, the New Imperialism, and Latin American Export Economies, 1850-1930p. 55
Finance Capitalist Industralization: Germanyp. 56
Finance Capitalism and the "New Imperialism,"p. 61
Latin America in the Era of the New Imperialismp. 66
Modern Times, Bretton Woods, and Transnational Corporations, 1920-1970sp. 91
The Turbulent Beginnings of Modern Times in the United Statesp. 91
The Structure of Modern Times in the 1950s and 1960sp. 96
The International Economy, the Cold War, and Transnational Corporationsp. 101
Import Substitution and Semi-Industrialization in Latin America, 1930-1970sp. 117
Depression, War, and the Ascent of the Statep. 117
The Limits of Populism: Argentina Under Peronp. 125
The Political Economy of Import-Substituting Industralization in Latin Americap. 127
Success, Failure, and Demise of Import-Substituting Industrializationp. 139
International Competition and the Dissolution of Modern Timesp. 147
The Crisis of U.S. Modern Timesp. 147
Beyond Modern Timesp. 164
Debt, Democracy, and Uncertain Transformations: Latin America in a New Worldp. 169
The Debt Crisis in Latin Americap. 172
Debt Leverage and Structural Adjustmentp. 177
Political Transitionsp. 184
Neoliberal Democracyp. 188
The implementation of Neoliberal Reformsp. 197
Beyond Neoliberalismp. 203
Referencesp. 211
Indexp. 241
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