Steven Topik

Steven Topik
University of California, Irvine | UCI · Department of History

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Daniel Strum has provided us with a thoroughly researched and lavishly illustrated study of the sugar trade in Brazil, Portugal, and the Netherlands during the momentous years between 1595 and 1630 when the Atlantic economy was born. Since sugar was one of the first global industrial commodities that spanned continents and oceans, it is an admirabl...
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Politics/Governance - Los orígenes de la burguesía de El Salvador. El control sobre el café y el Estado. 1848–1890. By Antonio Acosta Rodríguez. Seville: Aconcagua Libros, 2013. Pp. xxviii, 419. Illustrations. Notes. Bibliography. - Volume 72 Issue 4 - Steven Topik
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Markets are not natural institutions, inherent in human nature, as Adam Smith suggested. Nor are all humans born as homo economicus, market- oriented, profit-maximizing individuals. Markets and international trade are social and historical products. This chapter will discuss the historical process of creating international markets by applying histo...
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My contribution will focus on the largest of Latin America’s countries and the one most intimately entwined with the world. Brazil’s current economic surprises many observers who consider it just another Third World outpost, though a particularly large one. Brazil, more than almost anywhere else, was shaped by its engagement with the broader world....
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Historians in recent years have finally begun to give the Haitian Revolution of 1791–1804 the attention that it deserved as one of the first wars of national liberation and as a momentous blow against Atlantic slavery.1 That struggle demonstrated that the ideals that so marked the French Revolution, ‘liberté, égalité, fraternité’, had very differen...
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This chapter seems a bit of an outlier among these studies of the world gold market, because it discusses gold in two major Latin American countries, Brazil and Mexico, which in the past were often considered underdeveloped or marginal to the centre of the world economy.1 Moreover, it looks at gold not as a commodity but rather as an idea that unde...
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John Barrett, Progressive Era Diplomat: A Study of a Commercial Expansionist, 1887–1920. By PriscoSalvatoreIII. University, Alabama, University of Alabama Press, 1973. Pp. xi + 149. $5.75. - Volume 48 Issue 4 - Steven Curtis Topik
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Indice general y texto introductorio sobre las coyunturas críticas y transformaciones de las caficulturas latinoamericanas, en perspectiva histórica y actual. Aborda algunos aspectos de la expansión de la producción de café en América Latina y las Antillas desde el siglo XVIII hasta el presente; las intervenciones de Estados latinoamericanos, los a...
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Coffee plays a central role in understanding of Latin American economic development. Raw material exports lost their favored position and coffee lost its dominance as Latin America industrialized and urbanized after World War II. In most Latin American countries the coffee-sector prospered under the ICO and state guidance. All of this broke down in...
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Steven Topik. University of California, Irvine. “Coffee’s Janus Faces in the United States and Brazil.” Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage because of its drug properties. Yet it has mostly been celebrated as an antidote to inebriation rather than as a drug food. This paper will explore the reasons for coffee’s growing popularity in th...
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Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages and most internationally traded commodities in the world in good part because caffeine is the world's most popular drug, a legal drug at that (Weinberg and Bealer 2001, 198; Courtwright 2001, 19). But that has not always been the case. Coffee has followed a circuitous path to legality and to popul...
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Food has a special significance in the expanding field of global history. Food markets were the first to become globally integrated, linking distant cultures of the world, and in no other area have the interactions between global exchange and local cultural practices been as pronounced as in changing food cultures. In this wide-ranging and fascinat...
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Anne Hanley, a practitioner of what is often called "the new economic history," relies on quantitative methods and economic theory to shed light on broader questions of Brazilian economic development in the financial sector. She has chosen an excellent subject for research, the growth of banking in the Brazilian state of São Paulo. The most economi...
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The legacy of the Mexican Revolution is still controversial today. This article reviews some of the transformations historians attribute to the Revolution: economic development, nationalism, an interventionist state, and a broader social policy and challenges the extent to which they can be attributed to the Revolution. It concludes that the state...
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Today, state participation in the export sector and in international cartels such as OPEC is commonplace. But in the early twentieth century such actions by states were almost unheard of. This article compares the Brazilian state's role in the international coffee market with the Mexican state's participation in the world henequen market. Since cof...
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The Americas 61.2 (2004) 297-298 Evan Lieberman's study is a longitudinal comparison of the interplay of fiscal and social structures roughly between 1880 and today, a historically sensitive study of nation building and state-building through the lens of taxation policy. What make this study especially innovative are the countries he analyzes. Braz...
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Enterprise & Society 5.2 (2004) 179-186 This issue of Enterprise & Society is dedicated to new, innovative business histories focused on Latin America, an area that has been emerging for the discipline of business history only in the last decade or two. Latin American business history is not well entrenched in the teaching and research programs of...
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Book reviewed: James Dunkerley. Americana: The Americas in the World Around.
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Our goal at the end of this enterprise is to propose bounded generalizations that are sensitive to variation and that avoid essentialized categories. Coffee was not an all-powerful master that demanded that its subjects follow a specific life-style and mindset. Our findings are often made in opposition to grand theories, such as dependency and mode...
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That cup of coffee you sip at your breakfast table, desk, or café comes from far away. It was grown in Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, the Ivory Coast, or one of a hundred other coffee-producing lands on five continents. It is a palpable and long-standing manifestation of globalization. For 500 years coffee has been grown in tropical countries for consu...
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If one were looking for historical evidence to support a liberal economic policy, Brazil and Mexico in the period of 1870–1910 would seem to be good cases. During these four decades Latin America's two most populous countries experienced a deepening of capitalist market relations and substantial economic growth while being guided by liberal statesm...
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The self-proclaimed "liberal" economic policies of Brazil and Mexico in the period of 1870-1910 emphasized, according to the conventional historiography, small government, foreign investment and free trade. We found, however, that the states in Brazil and Mexico, while graded by the theory of liberalism, in fact played central roles in economic dev...
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Hispanic American Historical Review 80.2 (2000) 225-266 The recent explosion of the popularity of coffee houses in the United States coincides with a swelling number of monographs on the history of coffee in Latin America. However, these studies are less motivated by the faddishness of the Starbucks Revolution than by concerns about the fate of pea...
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La "globalización" presenta grandes retos a los estudiosos de las relaciones México-Estados Unidos al cuestionar el papel del Estado , las ideas de nación y región , y reconsiderar las fuerzas causales, las categorias y la medida del análisis. Mucho de esto no es nuevo y sin precedentes. El pasado es una buena guía para entender el presente, y este...
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We show that the classical liberal definitions of human nature, justice, and historical process are at odds with most contemporary historical perceptions. Perspectives on economics, not surprisingly, were derived in good part not from abstract, universal rationality but from the class positions of the observers and the historical moments in which t...
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O Brasil e o cafe. O historiador costuma pensar na identificacao de um com o outro. Mas na verdade, o cafe ocupa um lugar muito pequeno e ate negativo na identidade nacional brasileira. Este artigo mostra como nem a literatura nem os estudos historicos tem priviligiado o cafe como formativo. Ou se enfatiza a heranca colonial, a geografia, ou a mist...
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Richard Graham éd., Brazil and the World System, Austin, Texas, University of Texas Press, « Critical Reflections on Latin America Series », 1991, 122 p. - Volume 50 Issue 6 - Steven C. Topik
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RidingsEugene, Business Interest Groups in Nineteenth-Century Brazil (New York and Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1994), pp. xiv + 377, $59.95, £35.00. - Volume 27 Issue 3 - Steven C. Topik
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Jean Batou, Entre développement et sousdéveloppement, 1800-1870; les tentatives précoces d'industrialisation de la périphérie, Genève, Droz, 1991, 438 pp. + XXVI. - Volume 47 Issue 3 - Steven C. Topik
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The centennial of the founding of the Brazilian Republic, which coincides with the bicentennial of France's republican revolution of 1789, has not aroused the same debates as the French Revolution. The extent to which France's eruption represented a bourgeois revolution has been much questioned. Indeed, bourgeois revolutions everywhere have been su...
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Cornering the Market: State Intervention in Comparative Perspective (Brazilian Coffee and Mexican Henequen). Brazil through the valorization of coffee program it initiated in 1906 became the first Third World state to control the international price of one of the most traded commodities Brazilian politicians constructed state capitalist model in th...
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BarmanRoderick J., Brazil: The Forging of a Nation, 1798–1852 (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1989), pp. vi + 334, $39.50. - Volume 22 Issue 3 - Steven Topik
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The crushing weight of Brazil's foreign debt and the enormous role of state enterprise in the economy have led to sharp criticism of public economic policy. Private entrepreneurs and many social scientists complain that the state has become virtually autonomous, subjecting society to its will. The “bureaucratic bourgeoisie” has taken advantage of t...
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Builds upon Moron's (1978) analysis of dependency theory, showing the 'great usefulness' of his theoretical formulation as well as the possible weakness of some of his preliminary conclusions. Uses a case study of Brazil's electrical industry, 1880-1945 to examine the role of the MNCs in that development.-C.J.Barrow (CDS)
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The growth of public enterprise is generally viewed as a product of the post-World War II developmentalist state. In late-developing capitalist countries, however, many important firms already came under state control during preceding liberal regimes. Because of the liberal context in which they operated, such companies frequently adopted policies...
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The economic role of the Brazilian State has received much attention recently from economists. Those who have studied it generally assume that the State first became economically active on a large scale after 1930 when it fostered industrialization. They also assume, often implicitly, that politicians and bureaucrats have had a great deal of freedo...
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 1978. Vita. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 335-376).
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 335-376). Microfilm (positive). s

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