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Making a New World: Founding Capitalism in the Bajío and Spanish North America

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Making a New World is a major rethinking of the role of the Americas in early world trade, the rise of capitalism, and the conflicts that reconfigured global power around 1800. At its center is the Bajío, a fertile basin extending across the modern-day Mexican states of Guanajuato and Querétaro, northwest of Mexico City. The Bajío became part of a new world in the 1530s, w ...more
Paperback, 712 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Duke University Press Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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a fantastic case study that successfully attacks the master narrative. super fun to read. hearkens back to Polanyi, Schumpeter, and all those cool guys.
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