Caminos, puertos y la construcción del Estado guatemalteco (1821-1838)

Date

2021-01-01

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Journal Title

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ISSN

0377-7316

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Publisher

Universidad de Costa Rica

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article examines projects related to the construction of roads, railroads, harbors and canals, which were carried out or attempted under the federal and state governments of Guatemala between 1823 and 1837. While the article focuses on the Guatemalan context, it also makes broader arguments about the importance of infrastructure in the formation of states and national identities after Central American independence. It explores the concept of infrastructure as state power from different angles by contextualizing specific projects in their geographical and social space. Infrastructure projects were significant not just in the context of external connections and transnational trade, but were also embedded in local histories which link them to histories of agriculture, labor, population, and territory. In this way, the history of infrastructure provides an excellent way to connect local histories with national and international ones.

Description

open access article

Keywords

Central America, History of Science, infrastructure, history, nation-building, Latin America

Citation

Brockmann, S. (2021) Caminos, puertos y la construcción del Estado guatemalteco (1821-1838). Anuario De Estudios Centroamericanos, 47, pp. 1-27

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Research Institute