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The 1st full-length survey of Britain's position in Latin the USA as an entire from the early 1800s to the Nineteen Fifties, whilst effect within the area handed to the U.S.. Rory Miller examines the explanations for the increase and decline of British impression, and reappraises its impression at the Latin American states. Did it, as usually claimed, circumscribe their political autonomy and inhibit their financial improvement? This sustained case research of imperialism and dependency may have an curiosity past Latin American experts on my own.

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This w ould mean that Latin American nations had to export more, simply to maintain their capacity to im port. Second, under the Gold Standard, to which several Latin American countries adhered both before the First W orld War and during the 1920s, gold tended 19 Britain and Latin America in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries to drain out o f the peripheral countries w hen the centre (London and then N ew York) encountered a crisis. This threw the costs o f adjustm ent disproportionately on to peripheral states as they lost access to new capital and suffered an outflow o f reserves.

25 However, for m ost historians there were tw o central works. English-speaking writers tended to focus initially on Andre Gunder Frank’s Capitalism and Underdevelopment in Latin America (1967). O nly slowly did they begin to acknowledge the im portance o f Fernando Henrique C ardoso’s and Enzo Faletto’s Dependency and Development in Latin America , which first appeared in Spanish in 1969 but which was not published in English for another ten years. Frank drew particularly heavily on the ideas o f an earlier M arxist 20 Introduction economist, Paul Baran, in order to show that the advance o f capitalism and the grow th o f underdevelopm ent in Latin America were two sides o f the same coin.

23 Latin American development theories: structuralism and dependency The theories o f Latin American development economists and sociolo­ gists provided a further input into the debate, first through the influence o f the ‘structuralists’ w orking in the U nited N ations’ Econom ic C om m ission for Latin America in Santiago (ECLA) in the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequently through that o f ‘dependency’ writers. Structuralists rejected the doctrine o f comparative advantage to which Latin American elites and governm ents before 1930 had largely adhered, and thus began to rationalise the policies o f im port substi­ tution and state intervention which had become dom inant since the Depression.

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