Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

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p. viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Many colleagues and friends have helped me through the different stages of this book. I am especially grateful to Carlos A. Mayo at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata who guided and supported me in the initial steps of this project...

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1. Introduction: Endless Transitions

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pp. 1-12

This book analyzes the emergence of the criminal justice system in modern Argentina, focusing on the city of Buenos Aires as a case study. It concentrates on the formative period of the republican penal system, from the installation...

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2. The Legal Architecture of Colonial Criminal Justice in Buenos Aires

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pp. 13-27

After the first criollo junta took control of Buenos Aires on May 25, 1810, deposing Spanish viceroy Baltasar Hidalgo de Cisneros, intense political turmoil indicated a rapid pattern of change in the former capital of theViceroyalty of the...

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3. The Administration of Criminal Justice in Buenos Aires, 1795-1810

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pp. 28-47

Buenos Aires grew in many ways during the eighteenth century. Increasing geopolitical significance and economic growth brought new inhabitants from other regions. The small town was no longer unattractive to Spanish bureaucrats...

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4. Changes and Continuities in Criminal Law after 1810

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pp. 48-68

A constitutional convention gathered in the city of Santa Fe a year after the fall of the Juan Manuel de Rosas regime in 1852. All the provinces but Buenos Aires, separated from the Argentine Confederation at that time,were represented. On...

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5. The Emergence of Republican Penal Discourse in Buenos Aires

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pp. 69-87

Institutions, laws, reglamentos, and such, derive from the circulation of ideas among other factors. Although many ideas did not find their way into laws in the Río de la Plata, their circulation certainly informed the debates that took...

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6. Administering Criminal Justice in Buenos Aires, 1810–1853

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pp. 88-113

This chapter analyzes the administration of criminal justice from 1810 on. It studies how magistrates and judicial officials performed their duties while colonial state forms, like penal justice, were adopting a republican platform...

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7. Conclusion: Past and Present of the Criminal Justice System in Argentina

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pp. 114-122

This study of the formative stage of the modern penal system in Argentina has conveyed the multiple and relevant aspects of the topic. The first chapters went back to Medieval Spain to see how these early legal texts contributed...

Notes

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pp. 123-155

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 157-171

Index

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pp. 173-179