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A list of key readings about Argentina.
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  • Brown, Jonathan C. A Brief History of Argentina. Facts on File, 2003. 324 pp.
  • DellaPaolera, Geraldo and Taylor, Alan M., eds. A New Economic History of Argentina. Cambridge U. Press, 2003. 397 pp
  • Lewis, Colin M. Argentina: A Short History. Oxford: Oneworld, 2002. 260 pp.
  • Lewis, Daniel K. The History of Argentina. Greenwood, 2001. 214 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Nouzeilles, Gabriela and Montaldo, Graciela, eds. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics. Duke U. Press, 2002. 536 pp.
  • Rapoport, Mario; Madrid, Eduardo; Musacchio, Andrés; and Vicente, Ricardo. Historia Económica, Política y Social de la Argentina (1880-2000) Buenos Aires: Macchi, 2000. 1148 pp.
  • Romero, Luis Alberto. A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 2002. 370 pp. excerpt and text search

Political and economic conditions

  • Amaral, Samuel. The Rise of Capitalism on the Pampas: The Estancias of Buenos Aires, 1785-1870. Cambridge U. Press, 1998. 359 pp.
  • Blustein, Paul. And the Money Kept Rolling In (and Out): Wall Street, the IMF, and the Bankrupting of Argentina. PublicAffairs, 2005. 278 pp. excerpt and text search
  • Boyce, D. George. The Falklands War. Palgrave Macmillan, 2005. 246 pp.
  • Cleary, Matthew R. and Stokes, Susan C. Democracy and the Culture of Skepticism: Political Trust in Argentina and Mexico. Russell Sage Foundation, 2006. 244 pp.
  • Corrales, Javier. Presidents without Parties: The Politics of Economic Reform in Argentina and Venezuela in the 1990s. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 2002. 364 pp.
  • DeVoto, Fernando J. and Fausto, Boris. Brasil e Argentina: Um Ensaio de História Comparada: 1850-2002 [Brazil and Argentina: an essay in comparative history, 1850-2002]. São Paulo: Editora 34, 2004. 574 pp.
  • García Martínez, Bernardo and González Jácome, Alba, eds. Estudios sobre Historia y Ambiente en América. Vol. 1: Argentina, Bolivia, México, Paraguay [Studies on history and environment in America.] Mexico City: Colegio de México, 1999. 296 pp.
  • Helmke, Gretchen. Courts under Constraints: Judges, Generals, and Presidents in Argentina. Cambridge U. Press, 2005. 221 pp.
  • Hora, Roy. The Landowners of the Argentine Pampas: A Social and Political History, 1860-1945. Oxford U. Press, 2001. 264 pp.
  • Levitsky, Steven and Murillo, María Victoria, ed. Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness. Pennsylvania State U. Press, 2006. 325 pp.
  • MacLachlan, Colin M. Argentina: What Went Wrong. Praeger, 2006. 221 pp.
  • Pang, Eul-Soo. The International Political Economy of Transformation in Argentina, Brazil, and Chile since 1960. Palgrave, 2002. 251 pp.
  • Robben, Antonius C. G. M. Political Violence and Trauma in Argentina. U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. 467 pp.
  • Rocchi, Fernando. Chimneys in the Desert: Industrialization in Argentina during the Export Boom Years, 1870-1930. Stanford U. Press, 2006. 394 pp.
  • Rock, David. State Formation and Political Movements in Argentina, 1860-1916. Stanford U. Press, 2002. 316 pp.
  • Spektorowski, Alberto. The Origins of Argentina's Revolution of the Right. U. of Notre Dame Press, 2003. 280 pp.
  • Tanzi, Vito. Argentina: An Economic Chronicle. How one of the richest countries in the world lost its wealth (2007)

Cultural and social

  • Baily, Samuel L. Immigrants in the Lands of Promise: Italians in Buenos Aires and New York City, 1870-1814. Cornell U. Press, 1999. 308 pp.
  • Baim, Jo. Tango: Creation of a Cultural Icon. Indiana U. Press, 2007. 232 pp.
  • Fares, Gustavo and Hermann, Eliana C., eds. Contemporary Argentinean Women Writers: A Critical Anthology. U. Press of Florida, 1998. 260 pp.
  • Garth, Todd S. The Self of the City: Macedonio Fernández, the Argentine Avant-Garde, and Modernity in Buenos Aires. Bucknell U. Press, 2005. 236 pp.
  • Gordillo, Gastón R. Landscapes of Devils: Tensions of Place and Memory in the Argentinean Chaco. Duke U. Press, 2005. 304 pp.
  • Miller, Elmer S., ed. Peoples of Gran Chaco. Westport, Conn.: Bergin & Garvey, 1999. 166 pp.
  • Moya, José C. Cousins and Strangers: Spanish Immigrants in Buenos Aires, 1850-1930. U. of California Press, 1998. 567 pp.
  • Plotkin, Mariano Ben. Mañana Es San Perón: A Cultural History of Perón's Argentina. Scholarly Resources, 2003. 262 pp.
  • Thompson, Robert Farris. Tango: The Art History of Love.' Pantheon, 2005. 360 pp.