Synopses & Reviews
This book is an outstanding contribution to our understanding of Argentine history. Drawing on a wide range of primary and secondary sources, and filling a notable gap in the scholarly literature, Nállim provides a nuanced and sophisticated description and analysis of Argentine liberalism over a crucial quarter century. He also raises provocative questions about the
connection between traditional liberalism and the rise of neoliberalism that will be of interest to a wide audience.”
Richard J. Walter, emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis
Often dismissed as narrowly elitist, liberalism was claimed and reformulated by Argentine progressives and conservatives alike, as Jorge Nállim shows. Even as it lost its hegemony, liberalism remained a critical reference point for intellectuals and politicians. This nuanced and cogent book demonstrates the centrality of liberalism in twentieth-century Argentina. It is vital reading for those interested in the study of Argentina, Latin America, and ideology.”
Sandra McGee Deutsch, University of Texas at El Paso
This book is an important reenvisioning of Argentine intellectual history. Jorge Nállim demonstrates that Argentine liberal thought between the Great Depression and the fall of Juan Perón did not belong only to conservatives. Rather many intellectual movements on the Left still looked to their liberal roots.”
Joel Horowitz, St. Bonaventure University
This excellent book advances our understandings of Argentine economic and political liberalism during the turbulent years from 1930 to 1950. . . . Nallim shines in his discussion of the flow of ideas through literary currents that transmitted liberal thought, and of how economic liberalism led to the Concordancias plans for economic reforms in the 1940s.”
--Latin American Studies
Nallim has expertly written a much-needed book. The scholarship on liberalism has mostly centered either on its development and impact in the nineteenth century, particularly during its heyday between the 1880s and 1910s, or on its comeback during the neoliberal reforms of the 2990s. Instead, Nallim focuses on the voices of liberalism between 1930 and 1943; the Peronist years, as he acknowledges, are mostly a bookend for the main thrust of his analysis.”
--Hispanic American Historical Review
In this original study, Jorge A. Nállim chronicles the decline of liberalism in Argentina during the volatile period between two military coups—the 1930 overthrow of Hipólito Yrigoyen and the deposing of Juan Perón in 1955. While historians have primarily focused on liberalism in economic or political contexts, Nállim instead documents a wide range of locations where liberalism was claimed and ultimately marginalized in the pursuit of individual agendas. While critics have positioned the rhetoric of liberalism during this period as one of decadence or irrelevance, Nállim instead shows it to be a vital and complex factor in the metamorphosis of modern history in Argentina and Latin America as well.
About the Author
Jorge A. Nállim is associate professor of history at the University of Manitoba.