State Building and Political Movements in Argentina, 1860-1916

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“This very important work covers a significant period in Argentine history when that nation was making one of the most dramatic political and economic transformations of any country on earth. It will, I believe, be the standard treatment of the subject for some time to come.”—Richard J. Walter, Washington University in St. Louis
“An important study of elite politics during the last half of the nineteenth century . . . .State Building and Political Movements in Argentina is a difficult book to work through—but its insights are well worth the effort.”—History: Reviews of New Books
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The methods and achievements of the two main national state building movements form the core of Rock's (history, U. of California-Santa Barbara) account. The first was headed by Bartolim<'e> Mitre during the 1860s, and the second by Julio A. Roca from 1880 to 1908. He examines the civil wars of the 1860s and early 1970s, the state consolidation and establishment of Buenos Aires as the national capital in 1880, politics leading to the rebellion of 1890, and the long transition from oligarchy to representative democracy and the presidential election of 1916. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804744669
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

David Rock is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His most recent book is Authoritarian Argentina: The Nationalist Movement, Its History and Its Impact.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Age of Mitre 11
The Contest for the Provinces 14
The Contest for Buenos Aires 21
Rebellion in the West 30
External Consolidation: Uruguay and Paraguay 36
Internal Resistance 42
The Presidential Election of 1868 48
2 From the Caudillos to Federalization 56
The Fall of Caudillaje 58
The League of Governors 64
Immigrants and Gauchos in Buenos Aires 72
Buenos Aires: Alsinistas and Mitristas 81
The Road to Federalization 88
3 Order, Progress, and Revolt 102
The Roca Administration 103
Liberals, Clerics, and Women 109
The Rise and Fall of Juarez Celman 116
4 The Restoration of Roca and Its Challengers 144
The Challenge of the Radicals 145
Politics in the Late 1890s 163
Popular Politics: The Boundary and Debt-Conversion Questions 173
5 The Fall of the Oligarchy 182
The Oligarchic Power Structure 183
The Fall of Roca 192
Reform and Its Aftermath 201
Generalizations and Synthesis 216
Notes 233
Bibliography 289
Index 307
Map of the "Argentine Confederation," ca. 1850
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