Edited by James Dunkerley . Published 2002. ISBN 9781900039413
These studies adopt a variety of disciplinary, thematic and country-based approaches to the complex and contested issues around the character of the nation-state in Latin America from the early nineteenth century. In recent years there has been a great deal of scholarly interest in this topic from the viewpoint of cultural and literary studies but Latin America remains under-represented in general historical and sociological theories of nationhood and there has been a paucity of serious comparative work on the state. The essays in the present collection do not pretend to elaborate an all-encompassing theory or model for the region. Derived from a range of analytical and stylistic approaches they seek to develop debate and research on the topic through case studies (including Argentina Bolivia Brazil Chile Mexico Peru and Spain) historiographical review and themes such as the role of violence military conscription and pensions money and the role of finance early notions of development the ambiguous role of liberalism and how to evaluate the reach and qualities of the nation-state.