Demonstrating that globalization is a centuries-old phenomenon, From Silver to Cocaine examines the commodity chains that experience hooked up manufacturers in Latin the United States with shoppers worldwide for 5 hundred years. In transparent, obtainable essays, historians from Latin the USA, England, and the U.S. hint the trails of lots of Latin America’s most crucial exports: espresso, bananas, rubber, sugar, tobacco, silver, henequen (fiber), fertilizers, cacao, cocaine, indigo, and cochineal (insects used to make dye). every one contributor follows a selected commodity from its inception, via its improvement and shipping, to its ultimate vacation spot within the fingers of customers. The essays are prepared in chronological order, in accordance with while the creation of a selected commodity grew to become major to Latin America’s economic climate. Some—such as silver, sugar, and tobacco—were actively produced and traded within the 16th century; others—such as bananas and rubber—only on the finish of the 19th century; and cocaine basically within the twentieth.

By targeting altering styles of construction and intake through the years, the participants reconstruct advanced webs of relationships and monetary strategies, highlighting Latin America’s imperative and interactive position on the planet economic system. They exhibit how adjustments in espresso intake behavior, garments models, drug utilization, or tire applied sciences in Europe, Asia, and the Americas reverberate via Latin American commodity chains in profound methods. The social and financial results of the continent’s export event were combined. by way of reading the dynamics of quite a lot of commodities over a five-hundred-year interval, From Silver to Cocaine highlights this range while that it presents a foundation for comparability and issues to new methods of doing international history.

Contributors. Marcelo Bucheli, Horacio Crespo, Zephyr Frank, Paul Gootenberg, Robert Greenhill, Mary Ann Mahony, Carlos Marichal, David McCreery, Rory Miller, Aldo Musacchio, Laura Nater, Ian learn, Mario Samper, Steven Topik, Allen Wells

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