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The History of Argentina (Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations) 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1403962545
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Daniel K. Lewis is Associate Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.

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Product Details

  • Series: Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st edition (October 15, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403962545
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403962546
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,345,969 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Dr. Lee D. Carlson HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 24, 2008
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As the author of this short book shows, perhaps without intending to, if there was any country in the history of the world that illustrates best the effects of narrow-sighted interest groups, economic turmoil, and governmental brutality, it has to be Argentina. The people of Argentina have had no respite in the last two hundred years from both the vicissitudes of the market place and the coercion of their governments. Just when things seem to be looking up in terms of both economic and social stability, some military coup or financial disaster erases the short-lived equilibrium of Argentine society. After finishing the book, one can't help but admire the stamina of the Argentine people, and one wonders what the future holds for this country that had its origins of course in the Spanish expeditions of the early sixteenth century.

Those readers, such as this reviewer, who are interested in the history of Argentina but don't have the time to read a major treatise on the subject will find this book helpful. The author gives a timeline of historical events at the beginning of the book, and some references are included for readers who want to move on to more detailed treatments. It would be difficult of course to verify the author's historical narrative without more in-depth study, so the contents of the book should be taken as tentative.

There are many interesting facts that are detailed by the author, particularly the role that the United States and the International Monetary Fund played in perturbing Argentine society. In addition, one can understand the effects of the two world wars on the Argentine economy, especially the role of the Marshall Plan, which almost decimated Argentina's beef industry.
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I was disappointed with the book. Its treatment of Argentina's history seemed superficial, no explanation for what was underlying the various events. Also, although there's a religious statue pictured on its cover it didn't elaborate on how the Catholic Church was part of Argentina's history
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I was very disappointed in Mr. Lewis' recap of Argentinian history. It read much like a high school history text: with all the key dates and important political figures but very little context and no depth to keep the reader engaged. Dry in tone, nothing but the facts and not much to keep the reader engaged. Ugh!
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Everything was ok and as expected
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