ERIC Number: ED294823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-5
Regionalism and Development in Early Nineteenth Century Spanish America.
An understanding of regionalism in early 19th century Spanish America is crucial to any understanding of this region's economic development. Regionalism became the barrier to the kind of integrated national economy that some writers claim could have been implemented had it not been for the imposition of dependency by external forces. This dissolution into regionalism after the wars of independence can be found in the pattern transported to Spanish America by the Spanish conquerors. The foundation upon which regionalism in Spanish America stood was the town or city. The town centers of administration took the lead in the wars of independence. The wars of independence may be interpreted as a resurgent regionalism rebelling against the centralizing tendencies of the Spanish system. Chief among the issues that separated Spanish American elites in the aftermath of the wars of independence was that of centralism versus federalism (regionalism). Efforts in 19th century Spanish America to form an integrated internal, industrial, and capitalist economy based upon the national market were abandoned or diminished. The creation of an integrated national economy was blocked, not by external forces, but by internal constraints or regionalism. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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