Opportunism and Goodwill: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1867–1979
Canada’s social, economic, political, and environmental impacts on the Western Hemisphere have been largely overlooked by historians and other social scientists. Most narratives of the relationships between North America and the emerging markets of the south disproportionately focus on the United States. By downplaying Canada’s role, these narratives have fallen short in reconstructing the history of the region. Opportunism and Goodwill fills in these historical gaps, looking at the dynamics of the relationship between Canada and Colombia as they were spearheaded by Canada’s private sector.
Stefano Tijerina argues that since the first era of globalization during the second half of the nineteenth century, Canada’s private sector has carved out niche markets across Latin America, sometimes working independently and in other instances working on behalf of foreign interests. In his historical analysis of these temporal and spatial dimensions, Tijerina shows that the long-term economic development of Canada and Colombia was intertwined and interdependent, ultimately stressing the importance of transnational approaches to the study of history. Contributing to questions about Canada’s "goodwill" and other benevolent constructs, Opportunism and Goodwill sets the historical foundation for current debates about Canadian industries across the world.
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- Page Count: 224 pages
- Dimensions: 6.2in x 0.6in x 9.3in
"This meticulously researched and thorough historical account of the relationship between Canada and Colombia offers much-needed insight into the tangled and mutually beneficial development pathways of Canadian and Colombian capital. Stefano Tijerina’s nuanced perspective of Canada’s promotional state demonstrates the ways the state has helped the Canadian private sector secure markets and access to Colombia’s natural resources under the image of a benevolent and anti-imperialist nation. The book’s empirically rich analysis also exposes the agency of the Colombian elites in this process as well as Canada’s relatively subordinate position within the world capitalist economy, which prevented channeling the profits towards Canada’s national economic development."
Jasmin Hristov, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
"Stefano Tijerina's Opportunism and Goodwill offers an in-depth look at the historical development of Canada-Colombia foreign relations and the central role business interests played in this process."
Todd Gordon, Assistant Professor of Law and Society, Wilfrid Laurier University
"Stefano Tijerina’s crucial contribution offers a fascinating and nuanced account of Canadian and Colombian state-capital pacts under conditions of British-US rivalry in the Americas and the Caribbean. At the intersection of business history and critiques of imperialism, this book is essential reading for all concerned with the extractivist and imperialist record of Canada, Britain, and the United States – and the manoeuvres of the global banking and oil industries – in contemporary South America."
Anna Zalik, Associate Professor of Environmental and Urban Change, York University
Author InformationStefano Tijerina is a lecturer in Management in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine.
Table of contents
Part One: From Informality to Formality
1. The Jamaican Entrepôt
2. Joining the International System
3. Institutionalizing International Trade, 1867–1904
Part Two: A Foothold in the Region
4. Colombia and the Emerging Latin American Market, 1904–1910
5. Internationalizing Banking and Insurance, 1886–1939
6. Tropical Oil and the Andian National Corporation, 1918–1945
7. Canadian Gold Dredging Operation, 1909–1962
Part Three: The Early Promotional State
8. Limitations Under the Cold War
9. Diplomatic Relations, 1941–1953
10. The 1953 Goodwill Trade Mission
11. The 1968 Ministerial Mission
12. Official Development Assistance to Colombia
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