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What Centuries of Latin American History Say About Inequality

June 25, 2020

The Peruvian town of La Rinconada, the highest permanent settlement in the world, is perched between soaring peaks and imposing glaciers Its inhabitants are in one way or another supported by gold mines bored in the mountainside Income from the ore extracted in its tunnels passes to the shops, bars and prostitutes in town The gold itself will eventually find its way into the earrings of a debutante in New York or the watch of a businessman in Hong Kong But as Marie Arana argues in her highly acclaimed Silver, Sword, and Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story, La Rinconada also...

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