Charles Conant’s theory of surplus capital and Mexico in the American imagination: preliminary observations on American expansionist visions during the Age of Empire

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Charles Conant’s theory of surplus capital and Mexico in the American imagination: preliminary observations on American expansionist visions during the Age of Empire

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Title: Charles Conant’s theory of surplus capital and Mexico in the American imagination: preliminary observations on American expansionist visions during the Age of Empire
Author: Weiner, Richard
Abstract: Este ensayo examina una visión expansionista estadounidense que incluía al capital financiero. Charles Conant, un influyente promotor del imperialismo económico estadounidense a principios del siglo XX, refutó la idea de que la "crisis de sobreproducción" alimentó al imperialismo estadounidense al contrarrestar que el "capital excedente" era el principal dilema al que se enfrentaba Estados Unidos, y que sólo podía ser resuelto invirtiendo en el exterior. Una versión de la tesis de Conant se articuló en la literatura periodística estadounidense sobre la inversión extranjera de Estados Unidos en el México porfiriano.This essay examines an American expansionist vision that featured finance capital. Charles Conant, an influential promoter of American economic imperialism at the turn of the twentieth century, contested the idea that the “overproduction crisis” fueled American imperialism by countering that “surplus capital” was the major dilemma that America faced, and that it could only be solved by investing abroad. A version of Conant’s thesis was articulated in American periodical literature about U.S. foreign investment in Porfirian Mexico.Este ensaio examina uma visão da expansão americana que enfatiza o capital financeiro. Charles Conant, um influente promotor do imperialismo econômico americano na virada do século XX, contestou a ideia de que a “crise de superprodução” que alimentou o imperialismo americano argumentando que o “capital excedente” foi o grande dilema que os EUA enfrentaram, e que isso só pode ser resolvido através do investimento no exterior. Uma versão da tese de Conant articulada em um periódicos americano tratou dos investimentos estrangeiros dos Estados Unidos no México de Porfírio.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10662/11200
Date: 2012


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