Latin America in the World Economy considers the dual aspect of Latin American development: how external factors (phases of world capitalism since Columbus) interweave with internal factors (Latin American culture, politics, and social groups). Within his skillful approach, Weaver demonstrates how domestic social conflicts and power relations have consistently capitalized on changes in the international economy, while, conversely, engagement with the international economy has consistently constrained local struggles and patterns of change. With over half of the book dedicated to the "short" twentieth century (after 1930), Latin America in the World Economy is appropriate for courses in Latin American economic history, political economy, and development.
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Preface -- The Changing World Economy: Introduction and Early History -- Competitive Capitalist Industrialization, Free Trade Imperialism, and Latin American Independence, 1700–1850 -- Finance Capitalism, the New Imperialism, and Latin American Export Economies, 1850–1930 -- Modern Times, Bretton Woods, and Transnational Corporations, 1920–1970s -- Import Substitution and Semi-Industrialization in Latin America, 1930–1970s -- International Competition and the Dissolution of Modern Times -- Debt, Democracy, and Uncertain Transformations: Latin America in a New World