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From Silver to Cocaine: Latin American Commodity Chains and the Building of the World Economy, 1500-2000
Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that have connected producers in Latin America with consumers around the world for five hundred years. In clear, accessible essays, historians from Latin America, England, and the United States trace the paths of many of Latin America’s most important export ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Duke University Press Books
(first published June 27th 2006)
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An interesting approach to integrating Latin American history into Global History - instead of dealing with the histories of individual states, this book concentrates on particular commodities and commodity chains. The point of focusing on commodity chains is to deal with the way producers and consumers could mutually influence each other, rather than simply slotting LA into the same old Wallerstein core-periphery idea - Latin American countries were the periphery, Europe and USA the core, and t ...more
Interesting approach to history using commodities. Instead of focusing on the narratives of tradition, looking at the perspective of goods gives a rather intriguing outlook. Production of goods is essential to understand in our increasingly globalized world.