Professor Colin Lewis

Professor Colin Lewis

Emeritus Professor of Latin American Economic History

Department of Economic History

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About me

Principal recent and on-going research interests include the political economy of development and state-formation, fiscal and monetary history, social policy and welfare, industrial growth and industrialisation, and Latin American business history - particularly the role of British investment and enterprises in the Argentine and Brazil. 

Recent projects

Development, Nationalism and Dependence: British Business in the Argentine since 1870 

A Historical Dictionary of Argentina


 

Select publications

Monographs and Edited Books

British Railways in Argentina, 1857-1914: a case study of foreign investment(London 2015).

Latin America, Economic Imperialism and the State: the political economy of the external connection since Independence (with C. Abel, eds.), (London 2015) 

Argentina: A Short History (London 2002).

Exclusion and Engagement: Social Policy in Latin America (with C. Abel, eds.), (London 2002).

Articles, chapters, and contributions

‘Empresas británicas en la Argentina, c.1840-2000: un análisis in Cámara de Comercio Argentino-Británica La influencia británica en el desarrollo de la Argentina (Buenos Aries: CABA/CCAB, 2014) pp.32-45.

‘“Colonial” industry and “modern” manufacturing: opportunities for labour-intensive growth in Latin America, c.1880-1940s’ in Gareth Austin and Kaoru Sugihara (eds.) Labour-intensive Industrialization in Global History (London: Routledge, 2013) pp. 231-62.

‘Prefácio’ in Maria Lúcia Lamounier Ferrovias e Mercado de trabalho no Brasil do século XIX (São Paulo: Ed. USP, 2012) pp.13-18.

‘Modernisation in Europe and Latin America’ in Ryszard Stemploski (ed.) Europe and Latin America: looking at each other?(Warsaw: Polish Institute of International Affairs, 2010)  pp.169-208. 

‘El intercambio comercial angloargentino, 1945-1965’ in David Rock (ed.) Argentina en el siglo veinte: economía y desarrollo politico desde la élite conservadora a Perón-Perón (Buenos Aires: Letra Gamma/Lenguaje Claro Ed., 2009) pp.143-67.


 

View Professor Lewis's CV here 

Expertise

Argentina; Brazil; British business and the Argentine; Latin America; Latin American industrial growth; economic policy; inter-war period;

Selected publications and media

Publications, presentations and papers

Books (authored):

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming 2017) Youth Activism and Solidarity: the Non-Stop Picket Against Apartheid (under contract to Routledge) 
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution. Foreword by Professor Lord Meghnad Desai. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Korean (2012), Spanish (2012), Indonesian (2014) and Turkish (2014) language editions of Che Guevara: the Economics of Revolution have been published.

Book chapters:

  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H (forthcoming Jan 2016) ‘Growing up through youthful engagement with geopolitical campaigning’ in M Benwell and P Hopkins (eds) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics, Aldershot: Ashgate. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the ALBA-TCP’ in Thomas Muhr (ed.) Counter- Globalization and Socialism in the 21st Century: the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, Routledge, Rethinking Globalizations series, 101-118. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: Cooperatives and the Political Economy of the Transition to Socialism’ in Camila Piñeiro Harnecker (ed.) Cooperatives and Socialism, Palgrave Macmillan, 115-142. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘El Che Guevara: las cooperativas y la economía política de la transición al socialismo’ in Camila Piñeiro Hernecker (ed.) Cooperativas y Socialismo, Editorial Caminos, 132-166.

Encyclopedia entries:

  • Yaffe, H (in press, 2015) ‘Guevara, Ernesto “Che”’, Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Yaffe, H (2011) ‘Che Guevara (1928-1967)’, The Literary Encyclopedia, www.litencyc.com.

Peer-reviewed journal articles:

  • Yaffe, H. (2015) Venezuela: Building a Communal Economy?, International Critical Review, Routledge, 5:1, 23-41. 
  • Brown G and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Practices of Solidarity: Opposing apartheid in the centre of London’ in Antipode: a radical journal of Geography. DOI: 10.1111/anti.12037. 
  • Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2013) ‘Non-Stop Against Apartheid: practicing solidarity outside the South African Embassy’, Social Movement Studies 12(2): 227 – 234. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2012) ‘Che Guevara: The Great Debate Past and Present’, Science & Society, 76: 1, 9-38. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: An Alternative Development Strategy?’, International Journal of Cuban Studies, Special Issue: A new dawn? ALBA and the future of Caribbean and Latin American integration, Vol 3, No. 2 & 3, Summer/Autumn 2011, 128-144.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to ALBA’, Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research, 15:2, 143-160.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Che Guevara’s enduring legacy: not the foco, but the theory of socialist transition’, Latin American Perspectives, 36:2, 49-65.

Selected invitations and presentations

  • (2013) International Women’s Forum, World Leadership Conference, ‘Modern Movements Shaping the World’. Guest speaker on ‘Shaping modern finance, public debt and the future’. Vancouver, Canada. 
  • (2013) A Venezuelan government ministry(Ministerio de Poder Popular para las Comunas y los Movimientos Sociales) invited me to give a series of lectures and presentations about my work on Cuban & Latin American political economy and to take part in internal discussions with several ministries and the government’s Economic Sub-Commission.
  • (2013) Cuidad Universitaria José Antonio Echavarría(CUJAE), La Habana, Cuba. Guest lecture on ‘the role of technicians and technology in the political economy of transition’.

Selected conference papers 

  • Yaffe, H, (2015) ‘Venezuela’s attempts to build a communal economic system and its impact on ALBA’. Presented at Ten Years of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA): Progress, Problems, and Prospects, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. 
  • Brown, G and Yaffe, H. (2013): ‘Practices of Solidarity: opposing apartheid in the centre of London’. Presented at International Solidarity: Practices, Problems, Possibilities. Institute for International Integration Studies international conference, Trinity College, Dubin.
  •  Yaffe, H. (2011) Two papers: ‘Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas: an alternative development strategy’ and ‘Cuban development: inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, St Andrews University. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2011) ‘The Political Economy of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas’. Presented at International ALBA Conference, International Institute for the Study of Cuba. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Cuban Development: Inspiration to the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA)’. Presented at Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘Not Socialist Enough: Cuba and the British Left’. Presented at the Society of Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University of Bristol. 
  • Yaffe, H. (2010) ‘ALBA new dawn for Latin America?’ Presented at The Pink Tide: Reconfiguring Politics, Power 4 and Political Economy in the Americas? University of Nottingham.
  • Yaffe, H. (2009) ‘Forwards to the old Great Debate’. Presented at the Cuba Research Forum Annual Conference, University of Nottingham.

Recent media

  • Recent op-eds and articles on Fidel Castro's death, Cuban development and Cuba-US relations for The Guardian, The Conversation, Telesur.
  • Late 2016 to early 2017, interviewed for BBC, Sky, Al-Jazeera, Canadian CTV, Australian RN, following Fidel Castro's death in Cuba. 
  • March 2016, interviewed by Sky News and provided live commentary for BBC World News on several occasions during US President Obama’s historic visit to Cuba. 
  • April 2015, interviewed on US-Cuban relations for BBC World News and the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation. 
  • Other recent media interviews include: BBC News 24, World Service and Radio 4, Radio France International, Prensa Latina, Press TV, Television Cubana, Radio Sur and Ecuadorian National Television.