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

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 25, 2002 - Business & Economics - 360 pages
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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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Contents

half of the nineteenth century
55
The internal structure of the coffee haciendas
77
Living conditions and internal contradictions
100
Inflation devaluation and export taxes 18701904
121
Crisis and transition towards the second cycle
141
Private appropriation of public lands in the west
161
Sociopolitical elements in antioqueho colonization
180
Coffee expansion and the strengthening of the Liberal
198
The international cycle and coffee policies confronting
227
Sample of coffee estates in Cundinamarca
259
Weights and measures
265
Bibliography
314
Index
331
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