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Argentina, 1516-1987: From Spanish Colonization to Alfonsín Paperback – November 18, 1987

ISBN-13: 978-0520061781 ISBN-10: 0520061780 Edition: Revised

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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; Revised edition (November 18, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520061780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520061781
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Rock is Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His Politics of Argentina, 1890-1930 won the 1976 Herbert E. Bolton Prize for Latin American history. He is author of Authoritarian Argentina (1993) and editor of Latin America in the Nineteen Forties (1994), both available from the University of California Press.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Robert Crowe on February 17, 2004
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From 16th Century colonial foundations to the colapse of the vicious dictatorships of the 1980s and the election of Raoul Alfonsin, Rock's history gives us a sweeping, clear view of Argentina's past. His style is readable and vey well organized. He takes the country's turbulent centuries in simple chronological order, introducing the reader to the leaders of politics, the economy, social classes, the military and, to some extent, the arts. Rock has a penchant for the economic details pulling the country up and down, supporting his conclusions with much specific data. I enjoyed his presentation of long-lasting Argentine themes, such as the conflicts between Buenos Aires and the interior and the rich and workers. The economic and social influence of other nations is traced with care, starting, of course, with Spain, but also including Brazil, England and the US.
I read this in preparation for my first trip to Argentina, leaving a few days after I write this. I feel the book has given me a much deeper understanding of the society I am about to explore.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lehigh History Student VINE VOICE on January 26, 2007
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David Rock writes one of the most definitive accounts of Argentine history to date. His book dates from the Spanish colonization through the election of Alfonsin. He looks at the limited number of Spaniards that came to colonize Argentina and their effects on the buildup of Buenos Ares compared with the interior. There is only a little attention paid to the mission systems in the Chaco and other surrounding areas. (for more on the Chaco See The Chaco Mission Frontier by James Saeger). This book does provide an excellent overview of the countries history without going into too much depth. Economics is a major focus of the book as well as the politics of the peronist era. The Falklands conflict is one of the last major pieces covered and is done very well. This is a great book to get a bearing on Argentina's history and then decide where you want to read more. Whether you are a beginner or an expert this is an essential book for South American history.
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 4, 1998
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I found the book relatively easy to follow and well thought out. There is a good discussion of economic, political, and social problems and developments, helping the reader to fully understand the events of the day, providing an excellent introduction to Argentina's history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Laken on February 20, 2014
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I'm the kind of person that feels uncomfortable visiting a country without having a sense of "context" so I picked up David Rock's history of Argentina prior to visiting Buenos Aires and Mendoza in January. For a historical overview covering a vast breadth of time, this book offers a wealth of detail. I managed to get through it during my 12 hours of flight time from Chicago to BA, but casual readers should beware that this is definitely not a "popular history;" its a serious scholarly work that attempts to distill the primary historical trends that drove Argentina to its current condition. Rock is quite evenhanded (sometimes depressingly so, given that you're left with the sense that Argentinian history lacks a single political leader worthy of serious admiration) and succeeds in his mission of clearly elucidating the most important trends in Argentinian history. I give four stars rather than 5, perhaps unfairly given that the target audience is almost certainly not casual readers, because Rock's history was a bit too detail dense at points and could have been more readable.
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A definitive, well-narrated summary of Argentine history to those new to it. The book contains a few very minor errors (mostly statistical in nature); but with Eduardo Crawley's 'Argentina: A House Divided', it's still the best in its class.
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