The History of Argentina
2nd Edition
by Daniel K. Lewis
November 2014, 227pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-61069-860-3
$70, £54, 61€, A96
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Female Argentinean president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was elected in 2007.

Presenting an accessible introduction to Argentina's complex history, this book enables readers to better understand how Argentina's history follows and diverges from other South American nations.

This second edition of The History of Argentina provides a broad overview of the country’s cycles and changes with emphasis placed on the political and economic events that shaped the last five decades. Now updated to include additional information regarding recent developments in the Peronist faction that remains in power but continues to face old rivals and new threats, the book offers an introductory survey that features a general overview of key eras, events, trends, and individuals.

The content covers a wide range of topics, including the impact of state-sponsored industrial growth since 1945; Spanish settlement and colonization; the Wars of Independence; Argentina’s “mother industries,” ranching and grain farming; immigration during the late 19th century; Argentina’s economic “Golden Age” of 1880–1910; democratic reform in the early 20th century; Argentina in international trade; and Argentina’s rivalries with Brazil and the United States.


  • Serves as an accessible reference work that overviews Argentina's history and recent events, with particular coverage of the rise of presidents Nicolás Kirchner and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to dominance within the fractured Peronist movement
  • Explores the domestic and international factors that shaped Argentina's economic boom and stagnation since 2001
  • Addresses the resurgent debate surrounding the collective effort to seek justice for those who fell victim to the state-sponsored terrorism that occurred during the "Dirty War" of the 1970s
  • Demonstrates how Argentina's history roughly parallels that of Australia, Canada, and the United States—all nations that are products of colonialism, immigration, and rapid economic growth
Daniel K. Lewis, a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, is professor of modern Latin American history at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where he currently serves as an associate dean in the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences. He is the author of A South American Frontier: The Tri-Border Region, which examines the shifting frontier where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay meet.


"Recommended for public and undergraduate libraries; suitable for circulating collections."—Booklist, February 25, 2015

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