"...concise and interesting accounts of the [history] of...Argentina...most appropriate for university collections and could be used as [a textbook] for undergraduate classes in Latin American studies."—American Reference Books Annual
"The book provides an unusual and noteworthy blend of narrative detail with a broad analytical framework...Recommended..."—Choice
Argentina has a population that ranks among the most educated and skilled in Latin America. Illiteracy scarcely exists among even the poor and working-class citizens, and Argentina's middle class has historically been large and politically engaged. Yet this country remains mired with economic instability, chronic unemployment, strict class divisions, and political corruption. Juan Perón's attempts to establish a democracy were all but erased during the militaristic Dirty War, and the last three elected presidents did little to raise the morale of their country. Still, Argentine citizens refuse to accept their current conditions. In a significant demonstration of progress, they elected a woman president for the first time in October 2007. Additionally, prosecutors, victims, and families of victims remain determined to address the injustices and tyranny that occurred during the Dirty War and the two-decade silence that followed.
Spanning more than 12,000 years of history, A Brief History of Argentina, Second Edition thoroughly and comprehensively explores these issues and discusses how they will affect Argentina's future.
A comprehensive summary of Argentina's diverse geography and its varied natural resources
The origins of the deep-seated practices of discrimination, which continue today
The effects of neoliberalism on Argentina's large working class and urban poor, culminating in the caserola movement, the piqueteros movement, and the birth of the cartoneros
The impact a changing global economy has had within Argentina's borders
The rich culture of Argentina, which has created five Nobel laureates, vibrant cities that draw millions of tourists annually, and sports teams that have won multiple world championships.