A case study for both success and ‘should-haves’, Argentina provides the perfect context for learning about development.
Argentina can be considered a case study for success. With bountiful natural resources, a highly educated and diverse population, and an industrialized economy, Argentina is a strong member of the G-20 group of economic powers. As the birth-place of the tango, Che Guevara, and Jorge Luis Borges (not to mention Lionel Messi), Argentina’s cultural and historical legacies have impacts that spread far beyond its borders.
However, Argentina is also a case study in ‘should haves’. Since reaching a peak as the world’s seventh-wealthiest nation in 1920, the twentieth century has seen Argentina follow an often tortuous path of political turmoil and economic crisis. Traveling through and experiencing this vital and vibrant nation provides the perfect context for considering development models and the role of external forces in mitigating (or exacerbating) crisis.
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