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  • Acknowledgments  vii
    Introduction / Paulo Drinot  1
    1. The Impact of the Depression on Argentine Society / Roy Horn  22
     2. Chilean Workers and the Great Depression, 1930–1938 / Angela Vergara  51
    3. Change with Continuity: Brazil from 1930 to 1945 / Joel Wolfe  81
    4. The Great Depression in Peru / Paulo Drinot and Carlos Contreras  102
    5. Export Protectionism and the Great Depression: Multinational Corporations, Domestic Elite, and Export Policies in Colombia / Marcelo Bucheli and Luis Felipe Sáenz  129
    6. Political Transition in an Age of Extremes: Venezuela in the 1930s / Doug Yarrington  160
    7. Indigenista Dictators and the Problematic Origins of Democracy in Central America / Jeffrey L. Gould  188
    8. The Character and Consequences of the Great Depression in Mexico / Alan Knight  213
    9. Cuba: Depression, Imperialism, and Revolution, 1920-1940 / Gillian McGillivray  246
    10. The Great Depression in Latin America: An Overview / Alan Knight  276
    Contributors  341
    Index  345
  • Roy Hora

    Angela Vergara

    Joel Wolfe

    Carlos Contreras Carranza

    Marcelo Bucheli

    Luis Felipe Sáenz

    Douglas Yarrington

    Jeffrey L. Gould

    Gillian McGillivray

  • "In The Great Depression in Latin America, leading Latin Americanists address an important and timely topic from new perspectives, paying more attention to the cultural and social repercussions of the Depression in Latin America than have previous studies. A number of the essays take strong revisionist stands that will garner a lot of attention, and Paulo Drinot's introduction and Alan Knight's conclusion do a wonderful job of framing and enhancing the already strong essays."
    — Steven Topik, coeditor of From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500�2000

    "At last we have a broad new look at the impact of the Great Depression in Latin America, the most comprehensive and penetrating in a generation. Chapters by top scholars challenge past accounts of the economic collapse itself as well as its impact on politics and policymaking, the eruption of social movements, and the salience of class, race, and gender in the process. Without sacrificing the immense differences across countries and regions, this volume points to a much needed new synthesis."
    — John Coatsworth, Columbia University

    "This impressive collection breaks new ground in its treatment of the Great Depression's impact on Latin America. Gone are over-simplified emphases on populism, state cooptation of the masses, and the replacement of export-driven economies. In their place we have a more complex treatment of regional differences in the scale and impact of the Depression and of state responses to economic dislocation, as well as of the agency of protagonists like local bourgeoisies, foreign investors, workers, and women. This is obligatory reading for students of twentieth century Latin American political, economic and social history."
    — Barry Carr, coeditor of The Cuba Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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  • Description

    Although Latin America weathered the Great Depression better than the United States and Europe, the global economic collapse of the 1930s had a deep and lasting impact on the region. The contributors to this book examine the consequences of the Depression in terms of the role of the state, party-political competition, and the formation of working-class and other social and political movements. Going beyond economic history, they chart the repercussions and policy responses in different countries, while noting common cross-regional trends, in particular, a mounting critique of economic orthodoxy and greater state intervention in the economic, social and cultural spheres, both trends crucial to the region's subsequent development. The book also examines how regional transformations interacted with and differed from global processes. Taken together, these essays deepen our understanding of the Great Depression as a formative experience in Latin America and provide a timely comparative perspective on the recent global economic crisis.

    Contributors. Marcelo Bucheli, Carlos Contreras, Paulo Drinot, Jeffrey L. Gould, Roy Hora, Alan Knight, Gillian McGillivray, Luis Felipe Sáenz, Angela Vergara, Joel Wolfe, Doug Yarrington

    About The Author(s)

    Paulo Drinot is Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute of the Americas, University College London. He is the author of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State and editor of Che's Travels: The Making of a Revolutionary in 1950s Latin America, both also published by Duke University Press.

    Alan Knight is Professor of the History of Latin America at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Mexico: The Colonial Era; Mexico: From the Beginning to the Spanish Conquest; and The Mexican Revolution (two volumes).