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The British in Argentina

Commerce, Settlers and Power, 1800–2000

  • Written in an accessible, jargon-free style, appealing to scholars, students and the general reader alike

  • Draws on the author’s extensive fieldwork in Latin America and Europe, combining unexplored primary research with a rich range of secondary sources

  • Charts the major economic, social and political changes in the relationship between Britain and Argentina over two centuries


Part of the Britain and the World book series (BAW)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. David Rock
    Pages 1-41
  3. David Rock
    Pages 43-80
  4. David Rock
    Pages 81-124
  5. David Rock
    Pages 125-167
  6. David Rock
    Pages 169-204
  7. David Rock
    Pages 205-246
  8. David Rock
    Pages 247-302
  9. David Rock
    Pages 303-338
  10. David Rock
    Pages 339-366
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 367-424

About this book


Drawing on largely unexplored nineteenth- and twentieth-century sources, this book offers an in-depth study of Britain’s presence in Argentina. Its subjects include the nineteenth-century rise of British trade, merchants and explorers, of investment and railways, and of British imperialism. Spanning the period from the Napoleonic Wars until the end of the twentieth century, it provides a comprehensive history of the unique British community in Argentina. Later sections examine the decline of British influence in Argentina from World War I into the early 1950s.  Finally, the book traces links between British multinationals and the political breakdown in Argentina of the 1970s and early 1980s, leading into dictatorship and the Falklands War. Combining economic, social and political history, this extensive volume offers new insights into both the historical development of Argentina and of British interests overseas.


Informal empire British Empire Diplomats Investment, business Peron Falkland Islands Railway Trade Cultural exchange Rio de la Plata Travelers, explorers

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraSanta Barbara, CAUSA

About the authors

David Rock is Research Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA, and Senior Research Associate at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.  He is the author of several previous books on the history of Argentina in English and Spanish, of contributions to the Cambridge History of Latin America and of numerous articles.  He is a recipient of the Herbert E. Bolton Prize in Latin American History, of Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships and of awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities of the United States.

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