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Latin American Bureaucracy and the State Building Process (1780-1860)

Latin American Bureaucracy and the State Building Process (1780-1860) (Hardback)

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The process of construction of national states had a decisive moment during the period of revolutions that spanned from the end of the eighteenth century until the mid-nineteenth century. Even if it was a generalized process throughout the Western world, the majority of social scientists that have analyzed it have based their theoretical models on the European and North American experiences. This volume pays particular attention to the historical experience of Latin America and accounts for its distinctive regional and national characteristics through the analysis of cases. It also evokes the existence of certain features of the process that historiography has not sufficiently taken into consideration until now. This book provides the first detailed perspective of the formation of the State's bureaucracies in Latin America, a long and complex process shaped by the political, economic, social, and cultural conditions of different countries in the continent. These bureaucracies absorbed and institutionalized the pre-existing configurations of power while simultaneously transforming them.

The essays included in this book offer an innovative vantage point for the analysis of issues that continue to be crucial in present-day Latin America, such as those that involve the relations between the State and society.

Juan Carlos Garavaglia is ICREA Research Professor at the UPF, Barcelona and directeur d'etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, Paris. Since 2009, he has directed the European Research Council project entitled "A Comparative History of the State Building Process in Latin America (1820-1870)". His most recent publications include Las fuerzas de guerra en la construccion del Estado: America Latina, siglo XIX (Prohistoria Ediciones, Rosario, 2012), edited with Juan Pro Ruiz and Eduardo Zimmermann, and Configuraciones estatales, regiones y sociedades locales. America Latina, siglos XIX-XX (Ediciones Bellaterra/State Building in Latin America, Barcelona, 2011), edited with Claudia Contente. Juan Pro Ruiz is Professor of Contemporary History at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and director of the journal Ayer. Revista de Historia Contemporanea. He is the author of numerous studies related to the historical construction of the State in Spain and Latin America, including Estado, geometria y propiedad (1992), Estado y territorio en Espana (2007), and El Estatuto Real y la Constitucion de 1837 (2010). He is currently directing the research project entitled "The Collective Imagination of the State: Models, Utopias, and Dystopias in the Construction of the Spanish Nation-State from a Comparative Perspective (Eighteenth-Twentieth Centuries)".

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