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Langer, Journal of Social History. Scholars wanting to broaden their understanding of transnational history will be wise to read it.
In this way, the editors succeed in gathering a group of authors who can retell the histories of Latin American commodities with a fresh perspective. A broad theme of the book is a critique of dependency theory, replacing it with a more layered analysis that pays close attention to the economic, institutional, and social forces at play. This analysis, the excellent translations, and the clear writing make it a good introduction to Latin American commodity history for students and laypersons, and a valuable resource for specialists.
From Silver to Cocaine is an ambitious project. The strength of this collection of essays lies in the fact that the story of guano is not exclusively a Latin American story. Finally, the timing of this book is important.
If there is a silver lining for the agro-export industries of Latin America, it is that from silver in the early s to cocaine in the s, the region has been able to adapt and at times prosper from the changes within globalized trade.
It is a welcome contribution. They provide the reader interested in economic and social history with an introduction to the important role of commodities in international history. Hall, Journal of Third World Studies. It is well put together by the editors, and the translations of chapters written originally in a different language are of a high standard. It is also timely, as globalization and the rise of Chinese demand are driving many Latin American countries back to concentration on commodity exports.
Rosenthal, Canadian Journal of History. It provides a rich source of information. For analyzing and historicizing the Latin American role in an increasingly globalized economy, there is much to recommend From Silver to Cocaine. As such, the reader is well rewarded from comparison of the differing commodity chains. It has no rivals. It provides a corrective to the purely national studies of commodities and of export sectors, and to studies that posit influence in only one direction, focusing on the international penetration of capital and trade into Latin America.
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Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that have connected producers in Latin America with consumers around the world for five hundred years. Each contributor follows a specific commodity from its inception, through its development and transport, to its final destination in the hands of consumers. Some—such as silver, sugar, and tobacco—were actively produced and traded in the sixteenth century; others—such as bananas and rubber—only at the end of the nineteenth century; and cocaine only in the twentieth.
The world that trade created society, culture, and the world economy, to the present.