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By Steven Topik, Carlos Marichal, Zephyr Frank

ISBN-10: 0822337533

ISBN-13: 9780822337539

Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that experience attached manufacturers in Latin the US with shoppers worldwide for 5 hundred years. In transparent, obtainable essays, historians from Latin the US, England, and the USA hint the trails of a lot of Latin America’s most vital exports: espresso, bananas, rubber, sugar, tobacco, silver, henequen (fiber), fertilizers, cacao, cocaine, indigo, and cochineal (insects used to make dye). each one contributor follows a particular commodity from its inception, via its improvement and shipping, to its ultimate vacation spot within the palms of customers. The essays are prepared in chronological order, in line with while the creation of a specific commodity grew to become major to Latin America’s economic system. Some—such as silver, sugar, and tobacco—were actively produced and traded within the 16th century; others—such as bananas and rubber—only on the finish of the 19th century; and cocaine basically within the twentieth.

By concentrating on altering styles of construction and intake over the years, the participants reconstruct complicated webs of relationships and fiscal methods, highlighting Latin America’s important and interactive position on this planet economic climate. They exhibit how adjustments in espresso intake conduct, garments models, drug utilization, or tire applied sciences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas reverberate via Latin American commodity chains in profound methods. The social and fiscal results of the continent’s export adventure were combined. by way of reading the dynamics of quite a lot of commodities over a five-hundred-year interval, From Silver to Cocaine highlights this variety even as that it presents a foundation for comparability and issues to new methods of doing international history.

Contributors. Marcelo Bucheli, Horacio Crespo, Zephyr Frank, Paul Gootenberg, Robert Greenhill, Mary Ann Mahony, Carlos Marichal, David McCreery, Rory Miller, Aldo Musacchio, Laura Nater, Ian learn, Mario Samper, Steven Topik, Allen Wells

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Morineau, Incroyables gazettes et fabuleux métaux, 265. , 302. , Or du Brésil. ≤Ω Attman, American Bullion in the European World Trade. ≥≠ Ibid. and Attman, Dutch Enterprise in the World Bullion Trade. ’’ ≥≤ Kindleberger, Spenders and Hoarders. ≥≥ However, it is wise to recall that until the eighteenth century, silver pesos were not legal tender in China. As Kann, Currencies of China, indicates, in China silver was a commodity as much as a currency and was constantly being cut in pieces and resmelted.

There were few labor constraints to the development of the mines. In the first place, it should be emphasized that the workforces required for the functioning of the silver mines were relatively small: the greatest silver mine of all time, that of Potosí in Upper Peru (today’s Bolivia), produced large quantities of precious metals in the late sixteenth century with a total of some 13,000 forced laborers. Subsequently, wage laborers also were hired to carry out the exhausting work in the mines situated at over 12,000 feet above sea level.

Vila: Junta de Castilla y León, 1997. Attman, Artur. American Bullion in the European World Trade, 1600–1800. Humaniora 26. Göteborg: Acta, Regiaea Societatis Scientarum et Litterarum Gothoburgensis, 1986. ———. Dutch Enterprise in the World Bullion Trade, 1550–1800. Humaniora 23. Göteborg: Acta, Regiaea Societatis Scientarum et Litterarum Gothoburgensis, 1983. Atwell, William S.

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