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The Economic History of Latin America since Independence

3rd Edition


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: May 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107608559

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  • This study, now in a revised and updated third edition, covers the economic history of Latin America from independence in the 1820s to the present. It stresses the differences between Latin American countries while recognizing the external influences to which the whole region has been subject. Victor Bulmer-Thomas notes the failure of the region to close the gap in living standards between it and the United States and explores the reasons. He also examines the new paradigm taking shape in Latin America since the debt crisis of the 1980s and asks whether this new economic model will be able to bring the growth and improvement in equity that the region desperately needs. This third edition contains a wealth of new material that draws on the new research in the area in the past ten years.

    • Contains a new preface, two new appendices, revised chapters throughout and a lengthier bibliography
    • Presents new quantitative evidence on Latin America's economic performance
    • Pays attention to all republics, not just the largest ones
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Bulmer-Thomas's third update of The Economic History of Latin America since Independence is the essential, even canonical, guide for a region of the world long dominated by commodities and their export. Scrupulously detailed and balanced, the book outlines Latin America's largely disappointing growth record without discounting the region's economic variety, historical achievements, and social possibilities. Those hoping to re-energize the study of Latin American economic history can start reading here.' Paul Gootenberg, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History and Sociology, Stony Brook University, and author of Andean Cocaine: The Making of a Global Drug (2009)

    'This is a first-class economic history written by a professional economist who masterfully analyzes the complex interactions of the most relevant economic variables and key social indicators in order to show how the Latin American nations eventually became integrated into the modern world economic system. Dr Victor Bulmer-Thomas has superbly updated a well-known classic that will remain the best economic history of Latin America for many, many years. Congratulations!' Frank Moya Pons, Academia Dominicana de la Historia, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    'Authoritative, comprehensive, synthetic, and well written - Bulmer-Thomas has distilled, interpreted, and displayed Latin America's economic history over the past two centuries deftly and expertly.' Jorge I. Domínguez, Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Harvard University

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107608559
    • length: 626 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 33 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 18 b/w illus. 3 maps 76 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Latin American economic development: an overview
    2. The struggle for national identity: from independence to mid-century
    3. The export sector and the world economy, circa 1850–1914
    4. Export-led growth: the supply side
    5. Export-led growth and the non-export economy
    6. The First World War and its aftermath
    7. Policy, performance, and structural change in the 1930s
    8. War and the new international economic order
    9. Inward-looking development in the postwar period
    10. New trade strategies and debt-led growth
    11. Debt, adjustment, and the shift to a new paradigm
    12. Conclusions
    Appendix 1. Data sources for population and exports before 1914
    Appendix 2. The ratio of exports to Gross Domestic Product, the purchasing power of exports, the net barter terms of trade and the volume of exports, circa 1850 to circa 1912
    Appendix 3. Population, exports, public revenue and GDP for the main Latin American countries before 1914
    Appendix 4. GDP per head in Latin America since 1900.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Enterprise in Latin America
    • Latin American Economic Hisotry
  • Author

    Victor Bulmer-Thomas, University College London
    Victor Bulmer-Thomas is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of London and Honorary Professor with the Institute of the Americas, University College London. He is also a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the School of Advanced Study at the University of London; an Associate Fellow in the Americas Program at Chatham House, where he was the Director from 2001 to 2006; and was Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, from 1992 to 1998. His publications include The Economic History of the Caribbean Since the Napoleonic Wars (2012), The Political Economy of Central America Since 1920 (1987) and Input-Output Analysis for Developing Countries (1982). He is also co-editor of The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America (2006).

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