Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (Paperback)
  • Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (Paperback)

Copper Workers, International Business, and Domestic Politics in Cold War Chile (Paperback)

Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 15/09/2012
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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.

Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press
ISBN: 9780271033358
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 417 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm


"Vergara provides an easy-to-read and exhaustively researched account of the negotiations among labor unions, U.S. capital, and the state in Chile's strategic copper sector during the critical Cold War era. She demonstrates how outlawing of the Communist Party and mounting political conflict over the power of foreign capital shaped labor relations and the copper industry. An important contribution to our understanding of nationalism, state policies, and transnational capital."

-Karin Rosemblatt, Syracuse University

"A solidly researched and well-written history of the least known of Chile's large copper mines. . . . A major original contribution to our understanding of Cold War Chile that demonstrates the centrality of copper miners, their unions, and leaders to Chile's social, economic, and political history."

-Peter Winn, Tufts University

"A wonderful portrait of Potrerillos and Salvador, one that was lacking in either English or Spanish. This book is a must-read for students of world copper history."

-William W. Culver, American Historical Review

"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

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