Copper Workers, International Business, And Domestic Politics In Cold War Chile by Angela Vergara

Copper Workers, International Business, And Domestic Politics In Cold War Chile

byAngela Vergara

Paperback | October 23, 2012

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In this book, Angela Vergara tells the story of the labor movement in Chile through the experiences of workers in copper mines owned by Anaconda, a major multinational corporation. Relying on archival sources, newspapers, and oral histories, she recounts the workers’ economic, political, and social struggles over the forty-five-year period when the Cold War dominated politics.

The labor movement, Vergara argues, was a progressive force instrumental in the introduction of national reforms and the radicalization of politics. In Chile its role is critical to understanding the expansion of the welfare state in the 1950s, the introduction of social reforms in the 1960s, and the Chilean road to socialism in the early 1970s. The book reveals the historical origin of the implementation of neoliberal policies, the erosion of labor rights, and the emergence of the so-called Chilean economic model championed by the “Chicago boys.” Many of the changes undertaken in the 1970s and 1980s, the book shows, had their impetus in the crisis of the import-substitution effort of the late 1950s.

About The Author

Angela Vergara is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles. Angela Vergara is Assistant Professor of History at California State University, Los Angeles.

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Title:Copper Workers, International Business, And Domestic Politics In Cold War ChileFormat:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.67 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0271033355

ISBN - 13:9780271033358

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Table of Contents

Contents

Illustrations and Tables

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. From Montana to Potrerillos

2. The World of Labor

3. Copper, Labor, and Political Repression, 1945–1952

4. Making a New Deal: Copper Laws, Modernization, and Workers’ Rights, 1955–1958

5. Nationalism and Radicalization, 1958–1970

6. Experiencing Nationalization and Socialism, 1970–1973

Epilogue: Repression, Economic Transformations, and the Struggle for Democracy, 1973–1990s

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Vergara effectively weaves together the plentiful supply of existing scholarship on the Anaconda workers and mixes it with new data of her own, especially concerning corporate efforts to modernize both mines and towns in the post-war era and developments during the period of socialization in the early 1970s.”

—Thomas O’Brien, Enterprise and Society