By Guido Di Tella, D. C. M. Platt
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These writings cover three decades, from 1897 to 1929, during which the Italian agronomist advanced essentially the same basic thoughts, adapted each time to changing circumstances, and- more superficially- to a changing frame of intellectual reference. At their core one finds Campolieti's awareness of the intrinsic fragility of extensive agriculture, in which low land productivity was balanced by the low price of land (by international standards): it was of course extremely vulnerable to the land price boom that its very success was to cause.
Labour and Capital in Rural Argentina 19 Region 5: New South The 22 counties in Buenos Aires province stretching inland, south and west, from the bulge around Mar del Plata along the Loberia hills, comprise this region. Although the natural vegetation is classified as 'hard' grasses, excellent soil fertility and adequate rainfall characterise it. Military campaigns in the 1820s and 1830s had attempted to open the area to settlement, but the Indians recaptured large portions and delayed permanent settlement until the 1870s, when cattlemen moved herds from the western part of Region 2 in search of better grazing.
In the countryside, San Alberto discovered with horror, there were not enough people to sustain Intimations of Mortality, 1894-1930 41 a network of social relations, 'cada vecino es un pueblo aparte'. 2 These preconceptions found their way into the writings of the Enlightenment economists: in the opinion of Hipolito Vieytes, in the first decade of the new century, economic forces left to themselves would impose an almost total concentration on stock raising, which could not support a happy, polished, numerous and prosperous rural population.