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Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce, and Capital

Matthew Brown (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4443-0662-0
296 pages
April 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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An interdisciplinary interrogation of the concept of British ‘informal empire’ in Latin America.
  • Builds upon recent advances in the historiography of imperialism and studies of the nineteenth-century modern world, most obviously the work of Ann Stoler, Catherine Hall and C.A. Bayly
  • Combines a comparative perspective with the juxtaposition of political economy, cultural history, gendered and postcolonial approaches
  • By proposing and debating alternative explanatory models, the book breathes new life into the flagging concept of ‘informal empire’
  • Illuminates the study of British imperialism, from which Latin America is usually conspicuous only by its absence, and provides a broad and sound basis for interpreting the complex processes of nation-building and state-formation in Latin America
  • Includes essays by scholars who have been shaping the debate for several decades, alongside work by a younger generation of researchers keen to re-conceptualise and re-assess the roles of commerce and culture in shaping informal empire
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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

About the Cover Images.

Contributor Biographies.

Introduction (Matthew Brown, University of Bristol).

1. Rethinking British Informal Empire in Latin America (Especially Argentina) (Alan Knight, St. Antony’s College, Oxford).

2. The British in Argentina: From Informal Empire to Postcolonialism (David Rock, University of California).

3. Commercial Christianity: The British and Foreign Bible Society’s Interest in Spanish America, 1805–1830 (Karen Racine, University of Guelph).

4. Britain, the Argentine and Informal Empire: Rethinking the Role of Railway Companies (Colin M. Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Science).

5. Finance, Ambition and Romanticism in the River Plate, 1880–1892 (Charles Jones, University of Cambridge).

6. Appropriating the ‘Unattainable’: The British Travel Experience in Patagonia (Fernanda Peñaloza, University of Manchester).

7. ‘Weapons of the Weak?’ Colombia and Foreign Powers in the Nineteenth Century (Malcolm Deas, St. Antony’s College, Oxford).

8. ‘Literature Can Be Our Teacher’: Reading Informal Empire in El inglés de los güesos (Jennifer L. French, Williams College, USA).

9. The Artful Seductions of Informal Empire (Louise Guenther, Universidade Federale de Minas Gerais, Brazil).

10. Afterword: Informal Empire: Past, Present and Future (Andrew Thompson, University of Leeds).

References.

Index.

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Matthew Brown is a Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Bristol. He is the author of Adventuring through Spanish Colonies: Simón Bolívar, Foreign Mercenaries and the Birth of New Nations (2006).
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  • An interdisciplinary interrogation of the concept of British ‘informal empire’ in Latin America
  • Builds upon recent advances in the historiography of imperialism and studies of the nineteenth-century modern world, most obviously the work of Ann Stoler, Catherine Hall and C.A. Bayly
  • Combines a comparative perspective with the juxtaposition of political economy, cultural history, gendered and postcolonial approaches
  • By proposing and debating alternative explanatory models, the book breathes new life into the flagging concept of ‘informal empire’
  • Illuminates the study of British imperialism, from which Latin America is usually conspicuous only by its absence, and provides a broad and sound basis for interpreting the complex processes of nation-building and state-formation in Latin America
  • Includes essays by scholars who have been shaping the debate for several decades, alongside work by a younger generation of researchers keen to re-conceptualise and re-assess the roles of commerce and culture in shaping informal empire
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"Rarely does a single volume illustrate so clearly how new methods can improve an already venerable body of historiography." (Journal of Latin American Studies, April 2009)
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