Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital

Informal Empire in Latin America: Culture, Commerce and Capital

Editor(s): Matthew Brown

Published Online: 21 APR 2009

Print ISBN: 9781405179324

Online ISBN: 9781444306613

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306613

Series Editor(s): Jean Grugel, David Howard, Tony Kapcia, Geoffrey Kantaris

About this Book

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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