Area Handbook for Argentina

Area Handbook for Argentina

Area Handbook for Argentina

Area Handbook for Argentina

Excerpt

The Republic of Argentina, one of the world's largest countries, is endowed with rich human and natural resources and is characterized by a fundamentally European culture derived from 16th century Spanish settlers and from waves of immigrants from Italy and other European countries which swelled the population in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In the late 1960's after a long history of close ties with Europe and relative aloofness from Pan-American affairs, Argentina was an active member of the Organization of American States and other inter-American organizations and of the United Nations, and it was increasing its cultural and economic ties with North America. It maintained diplomatic relations with a number of Communist countries, but it was firmly opposed to communism and to the expansion of Communist power.

This handbook represents an effort to provide a comprehensive survey of Argentine society. A large number of consultants, many with firsthand knowledge of the country, have provided data not available in printed sources. The authors alone are responsible for the final draft. English usage follows Webster's New International Dictionary (3d edition, unabridged). Spanish words and phrases, which have been used only when adequate English equivalents were lacking, are defined at first appearance. If they are employed frequently, they are listed in the Glossary. Spanish is based on Appleton's Revised Cuyas Dictionary.

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