Politics and Urban Growth in Buenos Aires, 1910-1942

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Buenos Aires is Argentina's national capital and largest city. Throughout the twentieth century the capital and its surrounding suburbs have contained between one quarter and one third of the nation's population. It has served as Argentina's main economic and political center, and has dominated the rest of the country as few other capital cities have. This book traces the history of the city from 1910 to the early 1940s, a period of continued growth and expansion. It focuses in particular on the role of politics and municipal government in directing the city's growth, highlighting elections, party competition, and debates over important issues of public works, public transportation, and public utilities. The political story, in turn, takes place within the larger context of urban development over the course of these decades. Not only is it the first comprehensive treatment of this period in Buenos Aires history; it is also one of the few works to deal with the role of local government in the general literature on Latin American urbanization. In preparing the book, Walter worked extensively with the minutes of city council meetings, the national congressional record, the observations of foreign officials and visitors, popular magazines and newspapers, and a wide variety of other matenals.
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"...an uplifting, as well as scholarly, introduction to one of South America's great cities." Times Literary Supplement

"With this book on municipal administration and growth in the city of Buenos Aires, political historian Richard J. Walter makes a significant contribution to the study of twentieth-century Latin American urban history." The Americas

"The book is also illuminating regarding the political culture and electoral behavior of the local inhabitants." Raul Garcia Heras, Latin American Research Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521441650
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2014
  • Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies Series, #74
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Buenos Aires after the centenario 6
2 Prelude to reform 29
3 Reform and its consequences 48
4 A new council 67
5 Buenos Aires in the 1920s 82
6 Noel and the council 106
7 Cantilo, colectivos, and subways 133
8 Conservative resurgence: Guerrico and Naon 149
9 Vedia y Mitre and the council 169
10 Celebrations and controversies 186
11 Scandal and dissolution 211
12 Buenos Aires in the early 1940s 235
Appendix 257
Bibliography 261
Index 269
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