Colonial Legacies: The Problem of Persistence in Latin American History

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Jeremy Adelman
Psychology Press, 1999 - History - 318 pages
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More than other Atlantic societies, Latin America is shackled to its past. This collection is an exploration of the binding historical legacies--the making of slavery, patrimonial absolutist states, backward agriculture and the imprint of the Enlightenment--with which Latin America continues to grapple.

Leading writers and scholars reflect on how this heritage emerged from colonial institutions and how historians have tackled these legacies over the years, suggesting that these deep encumbrances are why the region has failed to live up to liberal-capitalist expectations. They also invite discussion about the political, economic and cultural heritages of Atlantic colonialism through the idea that persistence is a powerful organizing framework for understanding particular kinds of historical processes.
 

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Contents

The Problem of Persistence in Latin American History
1
two Europe and the Atlantic World
15
three Colonial Africa through the Lens of Colonial Latin America
29
The European Diaspora of Silver by War
51
The IberoAtlantic in the Long Eighteenth Century
69
six Dependency and the Colonial Heritage in Southeastern Mesoamerica
91
Evidence from Bourbon Mexico
107
Colonial Legacies and Historical Sensibilities in Latin America
135
nine Argentines Ponder the Burden of the Past
151
Conceptualizing PostDependentista Brazil
175
eleven Furtado Social Science and History
193
History Politics and Development Studies in Latin Americas Short Twentieth Century
207
Notes
229
Notes on Contributors
289
Index
293
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Jeremy Adelman is the Director of the Program of Latin American Studies and Professor of History at Princeton University.

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