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The 1st full-length survey of Britain's function in Latin the US as a complete from the early 1800s to the Nineteen Fifties, whilst impact within the quarter handed to the USA. Rory Miller examines the explanations for the increase and decline of British effect, and reappraises its influence at the Latin American states. Did it, as usually claimed, circumscribe their political autonomy and inhibit their financial improvement? This sustained case examine of imperialism and dependency could have an curiosity past Latin American experts by myself.
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The reasons w hy they did so were much the same as in Spanish America: the unique com bination o f m aritim e pow er and efficient commercial shipping, financial resources, and the grow ing manufacturing base which they possessed. This penetration o f the Portuguese colonial economy was not an unrem itting process. There are signs that Portugal’s commercial dependence diminished after the Seven Years’ War (1756-63). Al though the statistics are very imprecise, it seems that by the 1790s Britain had a negative trade balance with Portugal.
M ore radical writers, critical o f the approach o f the business historians, were concerned about the dom inant position occupied by British interests collectively rather than the behaviour o f individual firms. 23 Latin American development theories: structuralism and dependency The theories o f Latin American development economists and sociolo gists provided a further input into the debate, first through the influence o f the ‘structuralists’ w orking in the U nited N ations’ Econom ic C om m ission for Latin America in Santiago (ECLA) in the 1950s and 1960s, and subsequently through that o f ‘dependency’ writers.
324; Platt, ‘British Finance’, 46. W alter, ‘Socio eco n o m ic G row th o f B uenos A ires’, 67; M itchell, International Historical Statistics, pp. 101-8. For a recent and pow erful reappraisal o f British imperialism see Cain and H opkins, British Imperialism: innovation and expansion 1688-1914 and British Imperalism: crisis and deconstruction 1914—1990. Q uoted in Graham, Britain and the Onset, p. 73. N o te that further discussion and full references to the authors and w orks m entioned in this section are in the Bibliographical Essay and Bibliography.