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Coffee in Colombia, 1850–1970

Coffee in Colombia, 1850–1970
An Economic, Social and Political History


Part of Cambridge Latin American Studies

  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521528597

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  • In this book, Marco Palacios explores the history of Colombia as a coffee-producer, and the implications that coffee has had for its economy, society, and politics since the middle of the nineteenth century. He provides a history of the commercialization of the crop, and relates it to the general evolution of Colombian society, an evolution often determined by coffee even in areas remote from the crop itself. The book also covers the development of the specific institutions that have been set up to manage coffee affairs, and their role in the Colombian state. Since the last quarter of the nineteenth century coffee has been the mainstay of the Colombian economy, and no historian, economist, or sociologist interested in the country can escape its importance; nor can anyone interested in the commodity ignore Colombia. This is the first work on the subject to appear in English.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521528597
    • length: 360 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.498kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables
    List of figures
    List of maps
    1. The Colombian export economy in the second half of the nineteenth century
    2. The making of an oligarchy
    3. Land and society in central Colombia in the second half of the nineteenth century
    4. The internal structure of the coffee haciendas, 1870–1930
    5. Living conditions and internal contradictions in the hacienda structure
    6. Inflation, devaluation, and export taxes, 1870–1904
    7. Crisis and transition towards the second cycle of expansion, 1903–10
    8. Private appropriation of public lands in the west
    9. Sociopolitical elements of antiogueño colonization
    10. Coffee expansion and the strengthening of the Liberal model of development, 1910–50
    11. The international cycle and coffee policies confronting the peasant, 1930–70
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    Marco Palacios

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