June 2014: New Socioeconomic History of the Guaraní

Julia Sarreal’s The Guaraní and Their Missions: A Socioeconomic History is now available through Stanford University Press. To examine the thirty Jesuit missions in the Rio de la Plata, Sarreal uses mission account books and other materials to consider the missions’ “work regime” and the Guaraní’s ability to shape the mission economy. Such archival materials, the publisher notes, “enable the author to poke holes in longheld beliefs about Jesuit mission management and offer original arguments regarding the Bourbon reforms that ultimately made the missions unsustainable.”