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Studies of the Americas

Capitalists, Business and State-Building in Chile

Editors: Llorca-Jana, Manuel, Miller, Rory M., Barria, Diego (Eds.)

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  • Analyzes Latin America, and specifically Chile, as a rapidly growing field of interest for business historians
  • Brings some of Chile's best research to the attention of an international audience
  • Examines Chile for its long history of government intervention in the economy, its move to deregulation, privatization and neoliberalism, and its multilatinas (multinational firms based in Latin America)
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About this book

Throughout the twentieth century, the Chilean business elite has played a central role in the country, not just as entrepreneurs but also as political and social actors. The chapters in this book, the first in English on the history of Chilean business, focus on the importance of diversified family business groups in twentieth-century Chile, their dynamics, organisation, and management, and their interaction with foreign investors and the state. Using a range of company and government archives, as well as other contemporary sources in Chile, Britain, and the United States, the individual authors pay particular attention to many key topics: the evolution of the Edwards family businesses, those of Pascual Baburizza, Chilean corporate networks, British firms in the nitrate industry, the Anglo South American Bank, the Copec group, Compañía Explotadora de Tierra del Fuego, the energy sector, SOFOFA (the industrialists’ association), and the recent growth of Chilean multinationals.

About the authors

Manuel Llorca-Jaña is Professor of Economic History at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile.
Rory M. Miller is Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool Management School, UK.
Diego Barría is Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile.

Reviews

“This edited volume provides the reader with a rich set of essays on the history of business in Chile during the last two centuries. A good deal has been written on the economic history of Chile (and Latin America), but business history has not developed as robustly as in North America and Europe. This book is a pioneering and foundational work that provides important case studies of entrepreneurs and enterprise.” (Marshall C. Eakin, Distinguished Professor of History, Vanderbilt University, USA)

“This work illustrates the historical nature of Chilean business from 1810 until the present day. It is a fine example of an approach that could be copied in other Latin American countries. Works like this tell us a great deal about the dynamism that Latin American actors possessed and the way they could promote positive economic changes. It is an excellent example of the new direction that Chilean economic history is taking. (Marcello Carmagnani, Historical Studies Center, Colegio de México, A.C., Mexico)

“All the case studies provide important new insights, whether through the original questions posed, the methodology they use, or the contribution they make to debates of national importance. As a result, they advance the idea that the history of business in Chile is not only a necessary line of research, but that it can shed considerable light on the reappraisal of issues which, until now, have often been seen though a lens rather too contaminated by ideological positioning.” (Mario Matús, Head of Department of History, Universidad de Chile, Chile)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Business History in Chile in the Twentieth Century

    Pages 1-32

    Llorca-Jaña, Manuel (et al.)

  • Entrepreneurial Families, Inheritances and Wealth Transfers: The Edwards Family and Their Transition from Entrepreneurs to Rentiers, 1880–1914

    Pages 33-66

    Nazer Ahumada, Ricardo

  • Baburizza: A Business Group in Chile in the First Half of the Twentieth Century

    Pages 67-96

    Islas Rojas, Gonzalo

  • Managed Decline, Headlong Retreat or Entrepreneurial Failure? British Nitrate Producers and the Withdrawal from Chile, 1920–1930

    Pages 97-138

    Greenhill, Robert

  • Riding on a Roller-Coaster: The Rise and Decline of the Anglo South American Bank

    Pages 139-168

    Miller, Rory M.

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eBook 59,49 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-14152-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
price for Germany (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-14151-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Capitalists, Business and State-Building in Chile
Editors
  • Manuel Llorca-Jana
  • Rory M. Miller
  • Diego Barria
Series Title
Studies of the Americas
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-14152-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-14152-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-14151-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 332
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations, 20 illustrations in colour
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