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By Colin Lewis

With targeted specialize in political intrigue, army energy, and such key figures as Eva Peron and Videla, this can be a attractive survey of the using forces at the back of Argentina, its dramatic upward push, and up to date difficulties.

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Yet, by this stage, the most dynamic – and high value exports – were once again pastoral commodities: first frozen, and subsequently chilled, meat. By the 1920s, chilled beef exports were growing faster – in volume and value – than any other commodity. These priceresponsive changes in the composition of exports confirmed both the productive capacity of the pampas and the ability of Argentina to raise a diverse range of commodities at competitive international prices. 1928/9 and the inter-war depression.

Some of the answers to these questions lie in domestic politics, others in international economics. Immigration and massive capital inflow during the latter part of the century were associated both with the ‘liberal’, oligarchic project for export-led growth – the economics, though not necessarily the politics, of liberalism. The resulting domestic transformations were impressive, though not necessarily comprehensive. Frontier movement across the pampas converted the River Plate into the breadbasket of the world.

Qxd 04/10/02 07:40 Page 35 The Regional Dimensions of National Consolidation 35 allied forces. In entering the conflict and sustaining the war effort in the face of military setbacks and domestic opposition, the country had proved the strength of federal institutions and the ability to defend national honour which had been compromised by Solano López’s despatch of forces through Argentine territory. Buenos Aires also sought to be magnanimous in victory, President Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1868–74) declared that victory did not give the allies the right to redraw the borders of Paraguay.

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