The field of Latin American business history remains at an incipient stage of development, but this collection of essays offers an important assessment of its accomplish ments thus far, as well as suggestions for future research agendas. The authors offer some fairly coherent observations about business history in the seven countries that they examine. They agree that the level of development of business history varies dramatically from country to country, with Brazil and Mexico leading the list while Chile and Venezuela appear near the bottom. The essays also stress certain common limitations in the business historiography of the region. While there is general agreement that social and economic histories have contributed to a better understanding of business, the authors are critical of the focus on dependency and imperialism, which typified these works in the 1960s and 1970s. That focus on externalities, most of...

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