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The 1st full-length survey of Britain's function in Latin the United States as a complete from the early 1800s to the Fifties, while impact within the zone handed to the USA. Rory Miller examines the explanations for the increase and decline of British effect, and reappraises its effect at the Latin American states. Did it, as usually claimed, circumscribe their political autonomy and inhibit their monetary improvement? This sustained case examine of imperialism and dependency could have an curiosity past Latin American experts by myself.
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21 Summ ing up the contributions to Business Imperialism (1977), which he edited, he concluded that the level o f returns was not excessive and that there was no strong element o f control in the business relationship. Instead, he argued, ‘the case against British enterprise and capital in Latin America seems rather that it consistently outstayed its welcome, and came ultimately to serve as a barrier to, rather than prom oter of, Latin Am erica’s economic development. ’22 While case studies on business activities proliferated after 1970, there were m any problems w ith this research.
Cardoso, ‘C onsum ption o f D ependency T h eory’, 13-14. Halperfn Donghi, “‘Dependency Theory’”, 121; Perez Brignoli, ‘Economic C ycle’, 8. 29. Stein and Stein, Colonial Heritage, pp. 134—5 and 155. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 26 CHAPTER TWO The Origins o f British Interest in Latin America: the Colonial and Independence Eras British commercial interest in the American colonies o f Spain and Portugal has a long history, but the relationship was completely transform ed in the first quarter o f the nineteenth century.
Asking, in the light o f N apoleon’s blockade o f British goods, how the country m ight secure ‘the opening to our manufactures o f the markets o f that great C ontinent [South America]’, he rejected the first option, ‘the hopeless task o f conquering this extensive country against the tem per o f its population’. He was doubtful too about attem pting to fom ent revolt against Spain, although should it occur British forces m ight act as ‘auxiliaries and protectors’. ’13 The subsequent news from Buenos Aires that the creoles had failed to ally with the British forces against their Spanish rulers confirmed doubts about the extent o f sentiment for independence in South America.