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By Colin Lewis

With specified specialize in political intrigue, army strength, and such key figures as Eva Peron and Videla, it is a attractive survey of the riding forces at the back of Argentina, its dramatic upward push, and up to date difficulties.

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Civil war inevitably triggered demands for compensation by foreign merchants and heightened the threat of external intervention, highlighted by the blockades. Instability may have brought benefits to (as well as imposing costs on) porteño traders but was most damaging to up-country producers seeking to break into international markets. During the Independence and immediate post-Independence decades, the external environment was shaped by a set of interrelated issues. Initially, the most pressing problems were to secure Independence.

Qxd 04/10/02 07:40 Page 27 The Regional Dimensions of National Consolidation 27 Aires, was particularly exercised by the threat posed by Montevideo and intervened frequently – either directly or by supporting the enemies of the friends of his opponents. Montevideo was regarded as a potential base from which foreign and Argentine enemies might launch an attack. And there was a commercial dimension to the antagonism between Buenos Aires and Montevideo. Uruguayan commodities competed with the produce of Argentine estancieros and Montevideo challenged efforts by Buenos Aires to control up-country navigation on the Plate/Parana delta.

For the half century following Independence, Brazil was by far the most influential state in the region and regimes in Buenos Aires were preoccupied by Brazilian pretensions in Uruguay and Paraguay. Thereafter, certainly until the 1920s when naval rivalry threatened the regional balance of power, Argentina considered its institutions and place in the world as superior to its ‘tropical’ northern neighbour. These views derived from economic prosperity and the ‘settler’ character of Argentine society and polity.

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