Second Issue of Historia Agraria de América Latina (HAAL) Now Available

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Economic History / Studies, Indigenous Studies, Latin American and Caribbean History / Studies, Religious Studies and Theology, Rural History / Studies

We are pleased to announce the new issue of Historia Agraria de América Latina (HAAL), now available through the website: 


For more information about HAAL, continue reading to the end of this announcement or read more about us here. HAAL is an academic, peer-reviewed journal published by the Centro de Estudios de Historia de América Latina (CEHAL,, an autonomous research center established in Santiago de Chile in 2017.


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What is in this issue?

HAAL 1:2 opens with an article by Henrique Sobral Silva and Marina Mesquita Camisasca about the didactic experience in teaching an undergraduate course that explored the agrarian question under dictatorships, mainly the Estado Novo (1937-1945) and the military dictatorship (1964-1985). 


Antonio Escobar Ohmstede offers in the issue’s second article new historiographical questions about the meaning of social justice following the 1910 Mexican Revolution, observing how rural people understood new land endowments, solved boundary conflicts with neighbors, and redefined their identities in the process.


Diana Henao and Lorena Campuzano’s article analyzes the conflicts between farmers, mining companies, and mazamorreros (independent miners or barequeros) in Northeast Antioquia between 1930 and 1950 to understand the problematic coexistence of ideas of public and private resource ownership and the role of the state in their regulation. 


Returning to Mexico, Yennifer Camargo Bonilla shows that entrepreneurial agriculture in the Mexican lowlands was consolidated thanks to new technologies - irrigation systems and machinery - which had an impact on productivity, the expansion of the agricultural frontier, and the diversification of the crop pattern. 


Taylor Fulkerson examines the Ecclesiastical Agrarian Reform between 1963 and 1971 in Cusco, Peru, when the Church alienated most of its lands, anticipating Velasco's agrarian reform and the new option for the poor of the post-conciliar Church.


To close, Silvia Cristina Vasquez Olguin places Costa Rican agrarian history within the Central American experience by analyzing the Costa Rican agrarian policy on peasant settlements through the history of the Bagatzí and Falconiana settlements in Guanacaste, describing the tensions that arose through proposed Israeli cooperation and the state’s goals regarding settlements and the class nature of Costa Rican agrarian policy.


Book Reviews

Kevan Antonio Aguilar reviews Matters of Justice: Pueblos, the Judiciary, and Agrarian Reform in Revolutionary Mexico (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2020) by Helga Baitenmann.


Elisa Botella reviews La cuestión agraria y los gobiernos de izquierda en América Latina. Campesinos, agronegocio y neodesarrollismo (Buenos Aires, CLACSO, 2018) edited by Cristóbal Kay y Leandro Vergara-Camus.


Eduardo Gallardo reviews Ciencia, tecnología y producción agropecuaria. Historia de la cooperación bilateral entre Alemania y Uruguay (1856-2018) (Montevideo: Editorial Planeta, 2019) edited by Gerardo Caetano, et al. 


Rosa Huayre Cochachin reviews El Programa Indigenista Andino, 1951-1973. Las mujeres en los ensambles estatales del desarrollo (Quito: FLACSO Ecuador-IEP, 2017) edited by Mercedes Prieto.


Sara Kozameh reviews Agrarian Revolt in the Sierra of Chihuahua, 1959-1964 (Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2019) by Elizabeth Henson.


Rocío Pérez reviews Tierra, trabajo y formas de poblamiento agrario: Lobos en los siglos XIX y XX (Bernal: Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Argentina, 2017) by Gloria Cucullu and Miguel Murmis.


María Cecilia Zuleta reviews From the Grounds Up. Building an Export Economy in Southern Mexico (Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 201) by Casey Marina Lurtz.


Who Are We?

HAAL is an academic, peer-reviewed journal published by the Centro de Estudios de Historia de América Latina (CEHAL,, an autonomous research center established in Santiago de Chile in 2017. HAAL aims to promote and disseminate research and interdisciplinary debate on the history of the rural societies of Latin America and the Caribbean. The journal prioritizes the publication of research that analyzes new topics and problems, makes theoretical and methodological contributions, and develops new interpretations. Manuscripts must be original and not in the process of being evaluated at another journal. HAAL also accepts manuscripts from economics, anthropology, political science, sociology and other disciplines that examine issues of rural society from a historical perspective. The journal publishes articles and book reviews in Spanish, English and Portuguese. It also publishes special editions with guest editors. Manuscripts are evaluated by the editors and subjected to double-blind peer review. HAAL is published bi-annually (April and November) and is open access through the website:


Article manuscripts and book reviews can be submitted in Spanish, Portuguese or English. Manuscripts must be fully anonymized, that is, free of any identifying information in both the text and notes. Articles should have a length of 8000 to 9000 words including notes and references and must be presented in accordance with the journal style guidelines. Book reviews should have a length of 1500 words, and must be written in formal, conceptual, and concise language. HAAL adopts the American Psychological Association’s publication style, but also allows the use of footnotes. 

To submit an article manuscript, please visit our webpage:

Contact info:

Claudio Robles:

Anna Cant:


HAAL Editors

Claudio Robles, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile

Anna Cant, London School of Economics and Political Science, Great Britain

Diana Henao Holguín, Universidad Austral de Chile, Chile

María Inés Moraes, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

María Verónica Secreto, Uiversidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil

Vanderlei Vazelesk, Universidade Federal do Estado de Rio de Janeiro, Brazil