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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography$
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Robin Winks

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205661.001.0001

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Informal Empire in Latin America

Informal Empire in Latin America

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The Oxford History of the British Empire: Volume V: Historiography

Rory Miller

Oxford University Press

Although Britain’s role in Latin America has remained marginal to most historians of the British Empire, other specialists have produced an impressive volume of publications. The growth of Latin American studies in North American and British universities from the 1960s stimulated much research from historians in the developed world. Several features stand out from the resulting literature. An intense confrontation developed between those influenced by the major currents of Latin American political economy (nationalism, Marxism, structuralism, and dependency) and those who preferred a more empirical approach. Discussion on the British literature on Latin America before 1950, theories and concepts, and researches in the 1970s and 1980s is presented in this chapter. Research on the 20th century was hindered, until 1967, by the fifty-year closure of British government archives.

Keywords:   British Empire, Latin America, Britain, nationalism, Marxism, structuralism, dependency, British literature

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