Ruins of the New Argentina Peronism and the Remaking of San Juan after the 1944 Earthquake

ISBN-10: 0822349051

ISBN-13: 9780822349051

Edition: 2011

Authors: Mark A. Healey
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Description: In January 1944, an earthquake reduced the province of San Juan, Argentina to rubble, leaving perhaps ten thousand dead and one hundred thousand homeless. In The Ruins of the New Argentina, Mark A. Healey argues that the disaster and the massive rebuilding project that followed transformed not only the province but also the nation. The earthquake was a shattering and galvanizing experience, an indictment of the old social order and an invitation to transform it. From the national capital, an obscure colonel in a recently installed military regime launched a relief campaign and rapidly commissioned plans to rebuild the province, and especially its capital city. The campaign was a rousing success, launching the public career of its director, Juan Domingo Per#xF3;n, who would soon found a movement, reach the presidency, and transform the politics and social structure of the country. Dreaming and building the new city became the landmark project for a generation of modernist architects and planners, as well as an enduring challenge and controversy for local residents and the Peronist state. By exploring the struggle to rebuild, The Ruins of the New Argentinashows how this destroyed province played a crucial role in forging, testing, and ultimately limiting the Peronist project of transforming the nation.

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List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 3/9/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Acronyms
Introduction
Revelations Among the Ruins, Early 1944
�Rooted Vines and Uprooted Men�: The World Wine Made
In a Broken Place
�The Measure of Our National Solidarity�: The Aid Campaign and the Rise of Per�n
The Cornerstone of the New Argentina, Early 1944
Utopias in the Dust: Architects' Visions for the New City
The Superstition of Adobe and the Certainty of Concrete
Looking for Order among the Ruins
From Leading Case to Exemplary Failure, Mid-1944 to Mid-1946
Diverging Paths of Reform: Architects, Labor, and the Reconstruction Council
The Revolt of the Engineers: Protest and the Professions in 1945
�San Juan Is Still Waiting�: Rebuilding and the Election of 1946
�Rubble or No Rubble, We Want Per�n,� 1946-1962
Against the �Sovereignty of Experts�: Rebuilding on Local Terms, 1946-1947
�The Pacification of Spirits�: Peronism in One Province, 1947-1955
The �Bulldozer Kid� and the Rebuilt City, 1955-1962
Final Reckonings
Appendix: Government Spending in San Juan
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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