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Title:Constructing Valparaiso: Infrastructure and the Politics of Progress in Chile's Port, 1842--1918
Author(s):Martland, Samuel Jefferson
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Love, Joseph L.
Department / Program:History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):History, Modern
Abstract:The municipal government's expansion of city planning, safety regulations, and public utilities provided a precedent and a foundation for the central government's intervention in commercial and private affairs in the early twentieth century. Thus, local politics contributed directly to the formation of the kind of state familiar to twentieth-century Chileans. However, until late in the period, state-controlled projects and foreign investment, upon which most Latin American urban historiography has focused, were far less important than the ideas, abilities, and limitations of local business and municipal government. The benefits and evils often attributed to foreign and state enterprises existed from the early nineteenth century and were simply expanded by the more sweeping projects that came later. Moreover, the adoption or rejection of new technology depended more on municipal relations with concessionaires, intra-elite conflict, and potential city revenue, than on opportunities for private profit or social control.
Issue Date:2003
Description:263 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2003.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3086132
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2003

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