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From the Publisher"On the whole, these volumes make for absorbing reading and provide wide thematic coverage embracing most of Latin American history."
Eric Van Young, Th International History Review
Volume One includes the colonial and independence eras up to 1850, linking Latin America's economic history to the pre-Hispanic, European, and African background. It also synthesizes knowledge on the human and environmental impact of the Spanish conquest, the evolution of colonial economic institutions, and the performance of key sectors of the colonial and immediate post-colonial economies. Finally, it provides an analysis of the costs and benefits of independence.
Part I. The Economic Background: 1. The global economic history of European expansion overseas Patrick O'Brien; 2. African connections with American colonization Patrick Manning; 3. The pre-Columbian economy Rebecca Storey; Part II. Natural Resources and Factor Endowments: 4. Land use and the transformation of the environment Eleanor Melville; 5. The demographic impact of colonization Linda Newson; 6. Labor systems John Monteiro; Part III. Economic Organization and the Sectoral Performance: 7. Political economy and economic organization John Coatsworth; 8. Agriculture and land tenure Carlos Sempat Assadourian; 9. The mining industry Enrique Tandeter; 10. Pre-modern manufacturing Aurura Gómez; 11. Commercial monopolies and external trade Graciela Márquez; 12. Money, taxes, and finance Carlos Marichal; Part IV. The Economic Impact of Independence: 13. The economic consequences of independence Leandro Prados de las Escosura.