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Against the prevailing wind? The British-owned railways in revolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1968

Saunders, O Against the prevailing wind? The British-owned railways in revolutionary Bolivia, 1952-1968. Business History. ISSN 0007-6791 (Accepted)

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The experience of the British-owned railways in Bolivia stands in stark contrast to counterparts elsewhere in Latin America in the period after the Second World War. Here, despite a period of profound political change in Bolivia, the railways remained under private, foreign ownership. Rather than focusing on the retreat and withdrawal of these operations, this article accounts instead for their endurance and longevity. It does this by analysing company strategy, the interplay between domestic and international forces, and the influence of governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. This case study challenges the accepted chronology of, and explanations for, the decline of British business in Latin America, whilst demonstrating that the decolonisation of business in areas of informal empire was just as complex and uncertain as in areas of formal empire.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 14 Economics; 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services; 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies; History of Social Sciences
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business
D History General and Old World > D History (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2023 14:27
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2023 14:27
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/22135
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