Drawing upon work involving nationalism, capitalism, and race, this talk looks at “steam-age globalization” and “informal empire” in Argentina and Western Europe during the final third of the nineteenth century. Learn how the competition for Argentina’s riches helped forge long-distance connections and spurred territorial conquests.
Eduardo Elena, an associate professor of history at the University of Miami, specializes in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Latin America. Elena’s research reexamines key problems in modern history from the vantage point of the Argentinian experience. His publications include Rethinking Race in Modern Argentina and Dignifying Argentina: Peronism, Citizenship, and Mass Consumption, which is currently being translated into Spanish.