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Following the fibers, the bags and the grains: diplomatic (dis)connections between Argentina and Mexico during the Great War, 1917-1918

Avances del Cesor. 2018;15(18):163-190


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Journal Title: Avances del Cesor

ISSN: 1514-3899 (Print); 2422-6580 (Online)

Publisher: Universidad Nacional de Rosario

Society/Institution: Universidad Nacional de Rosario; Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas, Nodo Centro de Estudios Sociales Regionales, Unidad Ejecutora Investigaciones Socio-Históricas Regionales

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History (General) | Social Sciences: Social sciences (General)

Country of publisher: Argentina

Language of fulltext: Spanish, Portuguese, English

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María Cecilia Zuleta (Centro de Estudios Históricos El Colegio de México)


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Time From Submission to Publication: 28 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

This article is a historical study that contrasts two cases of economic diplomacy during the Great War, in Mexico and Argentina, both neutral countries, around the trading of hard fibers: jute and henequen.The article aims to reconstruct and analyse the diplomatic interactions that the governments of Argentina and Mexico undertook between 1917 and 1918 to overcome the problems that the allied organization of the economic war imposed on the global traffic of fibers, particularly binder twine and jute sacks. To do this, it examines the place of both economies in the fiber market - Mexico as a supplier of henequen, and Argentina as a consumer of jute and sisal hemp. 1917 was a critical year for the trade in hard fibers in the world. This study crosses the analysis of two coincident episodes that took place from late 1917 and the beginning of 1918: the “crisis of the jute sacks” in the Pampas, and the diplomatic mission of the Mexican Luis Cabrera in Buenos Aires. Its aim is to demonstrate that Argentina and Mexico were both part of the global framework of the fiber-cereals complex, which connected America, Europe and Asia. The article focuses on the connection and interplay of the global and regional dynamics with Mexican and Argentine processes, in order to improve knowledge about the impact of the Great War in Latin America.