In the first years after World War II, Argentina was a prosperous nation with a modern industrializing economy. Under President Juan Perón, its sizable and growing working class enjoyed, arguably, one of the best living standards in the world. It was hardly surprising, then, for Peronism to see these realities as signs of an exceptional Argentine model that could spread beyond national borders. In La internacional justicialista, Loris Zanatta studies Peronist ambitions for regional leadership and global ascendancy, but he traces the roots of these aspirations to the imperial and totalitarian qualities of Argentine nationalism that the author believes Perón came to represent. Written for a wide audience, this book should find interested readers among scholars of diplomatic history and the Cold War as well as the intellectual history of Peronism.

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