Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781780232669 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only

Buenos Aires

Jason Wilson

Jason Wilson

Distributed for Reaktion Books

192 pages | 75 color plates, 25 halftones, 1 map | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2014
Paper $22.00 ISBN: 9781780232669 Published July 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Sometimes dangerous and chaotic but always lively and cosmopolitan, Buenos Aires attracts tourists from all over the world. The largest city in Argentina, this South American capital crackles with passion for tango, soccer, art, and food. In this handy travel guide, Buenos Aires local Jason Wilson provides a window into the city’s history while also exploring its streets today.
 
Wilson offers a history of Buenos Aires’s beginnings as a Spanish colony in the sixteenth century, describing how it evolved from a port city for European trade to a booming, multicultural regional capital that became the leading destination for European immigrants. He examines the many swings between authoritarian and democratic governments the city has experienced during its history and sorts out the urban myths from the real story of the monuments, buildings, and people of Buenos Aires. The book also includes essays on present-day Buenos Aires—its parks, cemeteries, museums, and bookshops—to reveal what makes the city tick. Illustrated throughout with contemporary photos and compelling historical images, Buenos Aires provides useful references for travelers looking for restaurant, hotel, and itinerary ideas.
 
One of the first titles in Reaktion’s new CityScopes series, this social and urban history is an authoritative introduction and intimate guide to this vibrant, alluring city, past and present.
Contents
Prologue
 
History
 
1. The Two Foundations of Buenos Aires, 1536 and 1580
 
2. The Colonial City and the English Invasions, 1806 and 1807
 
3. Independence City, 1810 and Repercussions
 
4. The Civil War City and Rosas, 1829-80
 
5. Buenos Aires as the Capital, 1880-1930
 
6. The Infamous Decade, 1930-43
 
7. Perón, Evita, Peronism and Anti-Peronism, 1943-89
 
8. Into the Twenty-first-century City
 
The City Today
 
Gardel’s Smoking Statue
 
La Bombonera, Boca Juniors and Football
 
On the Trail of Jorge Luis Borges
 
The Greening City
 
The Labyrinth of the Recoleta Cemetery
 
The Fin de Siècle City: From Plaza de Mayo to Congreso
 
Gallery City
 
Bookworm Paradise
 
The Museo Larreta and Walled Garden
 
Listings
 
Chronology
 
Suggested Reading and Viewing
 
Acknowledgements
 
Photo Acknowledgements
 
Index
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