The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America: Volume 1, The Colonial Era and the Short Nineteenth Century

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Victor Bulmer-Thomas, John Coatsworth, Roberto Cortes-Conde
Cambridge University Press, 2006 - Business & Economics - 616 pages
The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America provides access to the current state of expert knowledge about Latin America's economic past from the Spanish conquest to the beginning of the twenty first Century. It includes work from diverse perspectives, disciplines, and methodologies from qualitative historical analysis of policies and institutions to cliometrics, the new institutional economics, and environmental sciences. Volumes one includes the colonial and independence eras up to 1850. Volumes Two treats the "long twentieth century" from the onset of modern economic growth to the present.
 

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Contents

Preface page vii
1
African Connections with American Colonization
43
The PreColumbian Economy
73
Land Use and the Transformation of the Environment
109
The Demographic Impact of Colonization
143
Labor Systems
185
Political Economy and Economic Organization
237
Agriculture and Land Tenure
275
The Mining Industry
315
Premodern Manufacturing
357
Commercial Monopolies and External Trade
395
Money Taxes and Finance
423
The Economic Consequences of Independence
463
Bibliographical Essays
505
Index
581
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About the author (2006)

Victor Bulmer-Thomas is the Director of Chatham House, the London home of the Royal Institute of International Affairs and Professor Emeritus at the University of London. He is a Director of the new India Investment Trust. He is the editor of The Economic History of Latin America Since Independence, Second Edition (2003) and Regional Integration in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Political Economy of Open Regionalism (2001).

John H. Coatsworth is Monroe Gutman Professor of Latin American Affairs in the Department of History at Harvard University. In addition to serving as the Director of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies since its founding in 1994, he chairs the University Committee on Human Rights Studies. His recent books include Latin America and the World Economy since 1800, edited with Alan M. Taylor (1998) and Culturas Econtradas: Cuba y los Estados Unidos, Edited with Rafael Hernandez (2001).

Roberto Cortés Conde is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Universidad de Sand Andrés in Buenos Aires, Roberto Cortés Conde is Professor Emeritus of Economics at Universidad de Sand Andrés in Buenos Aires, Argentina and a corresponding member of the Royal Academy of History of Spain. A former Guggenheim Fellow, he has published numerous books and scholarly articles. His most recent books include La Economía Argentina en el Largo Plazo (Siglos xix yxx)(1997), Transferring Wealth and Power from the Old to the New Wold: Monetary and Fiscal Instututions in the 17th Through the 19th Century (2002), edited with Michael D. Bordo, and Historia Económica Mundial (2003).

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