Professor Adelman is currently working on two books. The first studies the history of Latin America since 1492, analyzing the ways in which the region was a human laboratory for global change from the moment of European-American contact to the present. The second explores how intellectuals grappled with social crises over the past century. Modern crises, from the breakdown of the classical liberal consensus in the aftermath of the First World War to the present, have shaken up old certainties and incubated new ideas. They also posed basic questions about the role of intellectuals in society and the quest for alternatives, and often placed them in opposition to power-holders. These tensions have been at once the source of great fertility and risk; these have been the twin forces shaping the modern intellectual.
1. Worldly Philosopher: The Odyssey of Albert O. Hirschman
2. Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic
3. Republic of Capital: Buenos Aires and the Legal Transformation of the Atlantic World
4. Worlds Together, Worlds Apart
5. Frontier Development: Land, Labour, and Capital on the Wheatlands of Argentina and Canada, 1890-1914