This is the sixth and final volume of an important and ambitious effort to examine the history of Argentina's wealthiest and most populous province from the colonial period to the first decade of the twenty-first century. As with previous volumes, this is the product of a collaborative effort, in this case involving 27 contributors who have written, singly or jointly, an introduction and 18 chapters.

The introductory essay by architectural historian Adrián Gorelik seeks to define just what is meant by “el Gran Buenos Aires” geographically, jurisdictionally, and in the popular imagination. The fundamental question is, Should the term include the national capital city or refer only to the districts that surround it? While the term can often mean both, the essays that follow focus primarily on the 24 (as of 2010) neighboring districts.

The volume is divided into four parts. The...

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