Revolution and Restoration: The Rearrangement of Power in Argentina, 1776-1860

Revolution and Restoration: The Rearrangement of Power in Argentina, 1776-1860

Revolution and Restoration: The Rearrangement of Power in Argentina, 1776-1860

Revolution and Restoration: The Rearrangement of Power in Argentina, 1776-1860

Synopsis

The question that still engages the attention of Latin American historians is the amount of real change that occurred with the achievement of political independence from Spain in the early nineteenth century. In this collection, historians examine the social, political, and economic history of Argentina from the onset of the Bourbon Imperial reforms of 1776 through formal independence, social disorder, and dictatorship until the foundation of the modern bourgeois democratic state in 1860. Argentina in this period was particularly influential in shaping broader Latin American political and intellectual currents, so that an examination of Argentina's situation has important implications for the Latin American republics.

Excerpt

This work originated from our desire to bring together some of the best scholars in Argentine history for a project that would examine, from a variety of perspectives, the transitional era from colony to nation. We were also interested in bringing to the fore the research of Argentines whose work does not come easily or promptly to the attention of the wider reading public of students and scholars in the United States. Four of the ten chapters are written by Argentines, some of whom work in this country, others abroad. We believe that their familiarity with a wide variety of research collections and archives in the United States, Argentina, and Europe significantly enhances the range of perspectives and informs the findings more richly.

This volume represents the patient efforts and support of many people and institutional resources. Florida International University's Latin American and Caribbean Center, Graduate Program in International Studies, and College of Arts and Sciences provided funding for manuscript preparation and translation. Patricia Jepsen worked patiently on the translations, and Elena Maubrey diligently transcribed some of the contributions. David Hall, of FIU's University Computer Center, was instrumental in disk format conversion, thereby saving us a considerable amount of effort. And to the contributors, all of whom have shown a remarkable degree of patience throughout a lengthy period of preparation, we are greatly indebted.

MDS JCB

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