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Domingo F. Sarmiento’s Argirópolis

A Critical Translation

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  • Provides the first English translation of Domingo F. Sarmiento's 1850 essay Argirópolis
  • Includes a critical introduction providing historical and political context
  • Offers English-speaking readers an insight into the political views of one of the most influential figures in nineteenth-century Latin America
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This book provides the first English translation of Argirópolis (1850) by the Argentine Domingo F. Sarmiento, one of the most important political and cultural figures of nineteenth-century Latin America. Argirópolis proposes the union of Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay into the United States of South America or the United States of the Río de la Plata, with a capital on Martín García island. It anticipates some aspects of the continent’s future, such as the formation of Mercosur (the Southern Common Market) in 1991. Argirópolis explores politics, modernity, and nation formation, making Sarmiento’s treatise one of Argentina and Latin America’s most relevant programmatic texts. Presented alongside a critical introduction that situates the essay in its historical and political contexts, this translation allows English-speaking readers to explore nineteenth-century Latin American perspectives on concepts such as the nation-state, sovereignty, progress, space, and modernity.

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lawrence University, Appleton, USA

    Gustavo Fares

About the author

Gustavo Fares is Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Lawrence University, USA.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Domingo F. Sarmiento’s Argirópolis

  • Book Subtitle: A Critical Translation

  • Authors: Gustavo Fares

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-62304-3Published: 05 January 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-62305-0Published: 04 January 2021

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: X, 139

  • Number of Illustrations: 1 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Latin American History, Political History, Latin American Politics

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