This book provides the reader with an innovative approach to the agrarian past of Argentina and helps fill important gaps. First, the book covers not only the pampas but also some interior provinces largely ignored by historiography. Second, it focuses on continuities and changes in Argentina’s agrarian past throughout the long nineteenth century. Third, unlike most work done on the agrarian history of Argentina, the book takes seriously the first half of the nineteenth century and does not treat it merely as a prologue to the boom of the pampas in the second half.

The book revolves around two central themes: (1) the differential impact of capitalism on the agrarian economy of Argentina’s regions and their economic reorientation to meet the new demand; (2) and the existence of a medium- and small-landowning peasantry of colonial origins that persisted throughout the nineteenth century and...

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