In the Shadows of State and Capital tells the fascinating story of the contest between the United Fruit Company and Ecuadoran banana growers between 1900 and 1995. Rather than present a predictably heroic David-and-Goliath narrative, Striffler recounts the twists and turns of a 95-year relationship that never followed a predetermined script, as the actors themselves were shaped through their interactions. Arguing that peasants and workers did not simply react against an already-formed company but rather participated in the formation of United Fruit in Ecuador, he gives us a nuanced account of the evolution of the relationship between United Fruit, the Ecuadoran state, and peasants and workers in the banana-producing territories. The result is a refreshingly new look at the history of United Fruit and its interactions with the nations of Latin America, at the association of state and capital, and at the experience...

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