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Breve historia contemporanea de la Argentina (Spanish Edition) [Paperback]

By Romero (Author) & Luis Alberto (Author)
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Romero analiza aqui, entre otros aspectos, la reestructuracion economica impulsada por el neoliberalismo y la globalizacion, la transformacion del estado y el abandono de sus funciones sociales, y el pasaje de una sociedad relativamente homogenea e igualitaria a otra fuertemente segmentada y desigual. En suma, y a pesar de que en estas ultimas decadas se logro el funcionamiento eficiente del sistema politico democratico, la Argentina presenta hoy una realidad incierta y un futuro dificil.

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Studio: Fondo de Cultura Economica
Pages   332
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.12" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.85"
Weight:   1.11 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 1994
Publisher   Fondo de Cultura Economica USA
ISBN  9505573936  
ISBN13  9789505573936  

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I bought this book, while visiting Argentina  Oct 28, 2007
Last week, I was visiting Argentina.While there, I decided to buy a book, about Argentina's history.Then, I bought this cheap and short(just about 308 pages) book.
This book is very easy to read.
The problems of this book are mainly five:
1-This book is leftist;not too much for latin-America standards.Even so, this book is biased to the left.About the massive leftist terrorism, in Argentina before general's coup in 1976, this book has almost nothing.
2-This book forgets many importants facts of Argentina's history.To example, this book has nothing about the terrible defects of Evita Peron.She was a whore, before to marry with Peron.While in power, she was a corrupt and despicable demagogue woman.
3-About corruption in Argentina, this book has too little things.
4-About the sucess and failures of Argentina in tecnology(jet aircraft, nuclear,etc.), this book has almost nothing.
5-There's too many euphemisms, about the Argentina's history.About Argentina during World War II, this book forgets the links, between Argentina and nazi-fascism.
Even as an introduction about the history of Argentina, this book is only regular.
Thorough and seemingly balanced  Jan 29, 2006
I read the Breve Historia in preparation for my first visit to Argentina since 1980. What was that odd hush over Buenos Aires that one noticed in 1980? Why is it that Argentina experiences an economic crisis every three years or so, and sixty years experienced military coups every decade or so?

As the previous reviewer noted, Argentina's turbulance is probably due to the structure of the economy and the people. It has always made its money by exporting agricultural products. Their system of estancias originated with huge land grants to early Spanish settlers, and perpetuated itself because large-scale operations are most efficient in agriculture. The pampas are shifting now from cattle to crops and orchards, but the economies of scale remain. It is coming to resemble California's central valley, with criollos playing the part of Mexicans.

Top echelons of the military have historically been drawn from the country's leading families. The Catholic Church has been a constant, and generally conservative, influence. Arrayed against them have been labor unions, socialists, anarchists and urban guerilla groups. Romero could do a better job of drawing the foreign connections: most of these would seem to have fed on European intellectual currents of the early 20th century.

He is especially critical of the Videla/Viola military government of 1976-83. Whatever benefit may have derived from finally suppressing the Montoneros and other guerilla groups, a mixed clandestine/overt government can have no moral authority. Lacking the authority to discipline its own supporters, the government allowed the military to chronically overspend, to go beyond the pretext of removing dissidents and simply "disappear" people in order to loot their estates, and permitted all sorts of financial shannanigans that ultimately undermined any legitimacy their "reorganization" program might have wished to claim.

I enjoyed Romero's use of Spanish. I kept a dictionnary on hand not to understand what he wrote, because context easily filled in most of the blanks, but for the joy of learning new words and seeing them so well deployed.
Great book !!!  Oct 17, 2003
This book gives a very good introduction to Argentina's contemporary history. Even though it isn't long, it is remarkably thorough and well documented.

Luis Alberto Romero is a very well known argentinian historian, author of other good books. Despite that, this is the one I prefer, at least so far. Notwithstanding the fact that it deals mainly with historical facts, it also includes his interpretation regarding what happened.

The structure of the book is quite simple, but really useful and eminently practical. After a short introduction, the author starts this book with Yrigoyen's first presidential term (1916 - 1922), continues with Alvear's presidency and then carries on with Yrigoyen's unfinished second term.

He delves deeply into the conservative restoration (1930-1943), and then tries to explain what Perón meant to Argentina, and the reaction that his presidency produced. From then on, democratic governments would be constantly interrupted by revolts, and the military would have the final word regarding all matters of importance in Argentina. That, until the Malvina's defeat, which ended up in the collapse of the military regime, and the beginning of a fledging democracy... Romero concludes this book by telling us what Argentina is like nowadays, in his opinion.

On the whole, I think this is an exceptionally good book, superbly well written and easily understandable. I recommend it strongly: it's a keeper !!! :)


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