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Big Water explores four centuries of the overlapping histories of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay (the Triple Frontier), and the colonies that preceded them. Examining an important area that includes some of the first national parks established in Latin America and one of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams, this transnational approach illustrates how these three nation-states have interacted over time.
 
From the Jesuit reductions in the seventeenth century to the flows of capital and goods accelerated by contemporary trade agreements, the Triple Frontier region has proven fundamental to the development of Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay, as well as to the Southern Cone and South America itself. Although historians from each of these three countries have tended to construct narratives that stop at their respective borders, the contributors call for a reinterpretation that goes beyond the material and conceptual boundaries of the Triple Frontier. In offering a transnational approach, Big Water helps transcend nation-centered blind spots and approach new understandings of how space and society have developed throughout Latin America.
 
These essays complicate traditional frontier histories and balance the excessive weight previously given to empires, nations, and territorial expansion. Overcoming stagnant comparisons between national cases, the research explores regional identity beyond border and geopolitical divides. Thus, Big Water focuses on the uniquely overlapping character of the Triple Frontier and emphasizes a perspective usually left at the periphery of national histories.

Contributors
 
Shawn Michael Austin
Jacob Blanc
Bridget María Chesterton
Christine Folch
Zephyr Frank
Frederico Freitas
Michael Kenneth Huner
Evaldo Mendes da Silva
Eunice Sueli Nodari
Graciela Silvestri
Guillermo Wilde
Daryle Williams

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Zephyr Frank
  3. pp. vii-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas
  3. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas
  3. pp. 3-22
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  1. Part I. Adaption
  1. 1. Embodied Borderland: Colonial Guairá, 1570s–1630s
  2. Shawn Michael Austin
  3. pp. 25-53
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  1. 2. Jesuit Missions and the Guarani Ethnogenesis: Political Interactions, Indigenous Actors, and Regional Networks on the Southern Frontier of the Iberian Empires
  2. Guillermo Wilde
  3. pp. 54-78
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  1. Part II. Environment
  1. 3. Crossing Borders: Immigration and Transformation of Landscapes in Misiones Province, Argentina, and Southern Brazil
  2. Eunice Sueli Nodari
  3. pp. 81-104
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  1. 4. Argentinizing the Border: Conservation and Colonization in the Iguazú National Park, 1890s–1950s
  2. Frederico Freitas
  3. pp. 105-128
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  1. Part III. Belonging
  1. 5. A Devilish Prank, a Dodgy Caudillo, and the Tortured Production of Postcolonial Sovereignty in the Borderlands of López-Era Paraguay
  2. Michael Kenneth Huner
  3. pp. 131-157
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  1. 6. Beyond historia pátria: The Jesuit-Guarani Missions, World Heritage, and Other Histories of Cultural Patrimony in Mercosul/Mercosur
  2. Daryle Williams
  3. pp. 158-185
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  1. 7. Walking on the Bad Land: The Guarani Indians in the Triple Frontier
  2. Evaldo Mendes da Silva
  3. pp. 186-208
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  1. Part IV. Development
  1. 8. A Turbulent Border: Geopolitics and the Hydroelectric Development of the Paraná River
  2. Jacob Blanc
  3. pp. 211-241
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  1. 9. From Porteño to Pontero: The Shifting of Paraguayan Geography and Identity in Asunción in the Early Years of the Stroessner Regime
  2. Bridget María Chesterton
  3. pp. 242-266
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  1. 10. Ciudad del Este and the Common Market: A Tale of Two Economic Integrations
  2. Christine Folch
  3. pp. 267-284
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  1. Conclusion: Space, Nation, and Frontiers in the Rioplatense Discourse
  2. Graciela Silvestri
  3. pp. 285-314
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 315-318
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 319-332
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816541737
Related ISBN
9780816537143
MARC Record
OCLC
1022552262
Pages
344
Launched on MUSE
2018-02-12
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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