344 pages, 6 x 9
23 b&w illustrations
Hardcover
Release Date:10 Apr 2018
ISBN:9780816537143
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Big Water

The Making of the Borderlands Between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay

Edited by Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas; Foreword by Zephyr Frank
The University of Arizona Press
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
Excellent, and timely, edited collection.”—H-Net Reviews

“Collectively, the essays that make up Big Water show that the insights of borderlands history stand to apply transcontinentally and toward understandings of global interconnectedness.”—Choice

“A seminal, multidisciplinary study of the less understood but ever-so-important corner of South America known as the Triple Frontier. Big Water analyzes the many dimensions of the region’s past through sound borderlands, environmental, economic, and social history lenses.”—Sterling Evans, University of Oklahoma
Jacob Blanc is a lecturer in Latin American history at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. His work has appeared in the Journal of Latin American Studies, the Journal of Peasant Studies, and the Luso-Brazilian Review. Frederico Freitas is an assistant professor of Latin American and digital history at North Carolina State University and an investigator at the Visual Narrative Initiative. His work has appeared in HIb: Revista de Historia Iberoamericana.
Foreword
Zephyr Frank
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Jacob Blanc and Frederico Freitas

PART I. ADAPTATION
1 Embodied Borderland: Colonial Guairá, 1570s–1630s
Shawn Michael Austin
2 Jesuit Missions and the Guarani Ethnogenesis: Political Interactions, Indigenous Actors, and Regional Networks on the Southern Frontier of the Iberian Empires
Guillermo Wilde

PART II. ENVIRONMENT
3 Crossing Borders: Immigration and Transformation of Landscapes in Misiones Province, Argentina, and Southern Brazil
Eunice Sueli Nodari
4 Argentinizing the Border: Conservation and Colonization in the Iguazú National Park, 1890s–1950s
Frederico Freitas

PART III. BELONGING
5 A Devilish Prank, a Dodgy Caudillo, and the Tortured Production of Postcolonial Sovereignty in the Borderlands of López-Era Paraguay
Michael Kenneth Huner
6 Beyond historia pátria: The Jesuit-Guarani Missions, World Heritage, and Other Histories of Cultural Patrimony in Mercosul/Mercosur
Daryle Williams
7 Walking on the Bad Land: The Guarani Indians in the Triple Frontier
Evaldo Mendes da Silva

PART IV. DEVELOPMENT
8 A Turbulent Border: Geopolitics and the Hydroelectric Development of the Paraná River
Jacob Blanc
9 From Porteño to Pontero: The Shifting of Paraguayan Geography and Identity in Asunción in the Early Years of the Stroessner Regime
Bridget María Chesterton
10 Ciudad del Este and the Common Market: A Tale of Two Economic Integrations
Christine Folch
Conclusion: Space, Nation, and Frontiers in the Rioplatense Discourse
Graciela Silvestri

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