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Vol 23 No 3 March/April 2018

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Republic of Capital New ed

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Jeremy AdelmanProfessor of History, Princeton University, USA

ISBN13: 9780804746823
ISBN: 0804746826
Published: August 2002
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Format: Paperback
Price: £25.99

This book explores the political, legal, and economic history of Buenos Aires from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth centuries. Tracing the transition from colonial Natural Law to instrumental legal understandings of property, the book shows that the developments of constitutionalism and property law were more than coincidences: the polity shaped the rituals and practices arbitrating economic justice, while the crisis of property animated the support for a centralized and executive-dominated state. The author shows how merchants and capitalists coped with massive political upheaval and how political writers and intellectuals sought to forge a model of liberal republicanism. Among the topics examined are the transformation of commercial law, the evolution of liberal political credos, and the political and constitutional turmoil after the collapse of Spanish authority. The author argues that many of Argentina's recent problems can be traced back to the framework and foundations of Argentine statehood in the nineteenth century.

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1. Toward a political history of economic life
Part I. The Age of Revolution, 1780s-1820s: 2. Imperial reconstitution and the limits of political property; 3. The quest for equipoise in the shadow of revolution; 4. From revolution to civil war
Part II. The Age of 'Anarchy', 1820s-1850s: 5. Rosas Agonistes, or the political economy of Cronyism; 6. Chains of obligation: the duress of merchant law; 7. Reconsidering the republic
Part III. The Age of Order, 1850s-1860s: 8. Constitutional persuasions; 9. The new property of merchant capital; 10. Making money: the battle for monetary authority; 11. The unfinished revolution of the republic of capital; Notes' Bibliography; Index.