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Business Imperialism 1840-1930: An Inquiry Based on British Experience in Latin America
Business Imperialism 1840-1930: An Inquiry Based on British Experience in Latin America
Edited by D. C. M. Platt
Oxford University Press, 1977, 456 pp

A first-rate historical analysis that concludes, inter alia, that British capital outstayed its welcome and came eventually to obstruct Latin American interests. Initially, however, perhaps no real alternative to it existed: inadequacies of communications, capital, markets, labor, fuel and raw materials were "formidable barriers to the native development, which must have made the alternatives to a foreign connection as uninviting to Latin Americans at the time as they seem speculative to the historian today."