This book by Leandro Losada associates him with a new spirit pervading Argentine historiography, one that revises the traditional portrayal of the elites who had a leading role in and benefited from the “conservative order.” Losada shows the heterogeneous composition of high society, made up of families with different trajectories and historical or even regional origins, and reveals its sociocultural transformations. After pointing out that Buenos Aires did not have a real aristocracy with “solid distinguishing features,” Losada gives a detailed analysis of the construction process of this group’s distinction. This social history of the elites reveals that high society’s privileged position was gradually molded on a daily basis through the adoption of a number of patterns of behavior and consumption. Between 1880 and 1900, Buenos Aires’s elite embarked on a project to “Europeanize” their lifestyles in an attempt to differentiate themselves from...

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