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The Rise of Capitalism on the Pampas : The Estancias of Buenos Aires, 1785-1870 - Samuel Amaral

The Rise of Capitalism on the Pampas

The Estancias of Buenos Aires, 1785-1870

Hardcover Published: 13th July 1998
ISBN: 9780521572484
Number Of Pages: 382

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In the early decades of the nineteenth century, Buenos Aires underwent rapid economic growth. Previous studies have focused on the economy as a whole, or on a particular segment of the population; and most have disregarded how resources were intentionally organized to enable growth. This book focuses on the economic organizations that led the growth process--the estancias. Economic growth and increased freedom were not inevitable on the pampas, but rather the consequences of human actions in the search for profit. Why freedom, not privilege, prevailed is the key question underlying this study.

'Samuel Amaral is outstanding ... he homes in unerringly on the essentials, treating the estancia as an exercise in economic organisation. He gives meticulous accounts and precise measurements of the internal structure, operations and economic aims of estancias, and places then firmly in their political and economic context. He argues that their expansion was due not only to well-known external factors - the growing demand for hides, for example - but also to human analysis and willpower. In one of the most striking and original chapters, finely documented, he shows that management and entrepreneurship, including skills in pricing land, cattle, labour and supplies, were vital in securing good returns from investments. Under Samuel Amaral's guidance we can follow the signposts in the pampas, from peons to profits.' Times Literary Supplement

The organization of production
Capital structure, 1820-1850
Model and reality
Conditions of Production
Reproduction and density
Human Action
Management and entrepreneurship
Prices and marketing
Profit rate
Probate inventories
Prices, exchange rates, and trade statistics
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ISBN: 9780521572484
ISBN-10: 0521572487
Series: Cambridge Latin American Studies
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 382
Published: 13th July 1998
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.73