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García, Juan Agustín (1862–1923)

García, Juan Agustín (1862–1923)

Juan Agustín García was an Argentine jurist, sociologist, historian, and writer. He earned his law degree in 1882 and taught at the Colegio Nacional in Buenos Aires, the University of Buenos Aires, and the National University of La Plata. During his celebrated career, he was also appointed to education-related and judicial posts in the federal government. Born into a family with a long history in education (two relatives were rectors of the University of Buenos Aires), García published important books on subjects ranging from law to history, including the acclaimed La ciudad indiana (1900), a history of colonial Argentina, and Introducción al estudio de las ciencias sociales argentinas (1899). He founded and directed the renowned journal Anales de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales at the University of Buenos Aires and wrote literary fiction set in the colonial period, including the novel Memorias de un Sacristán (1906). García also became a playwright during the decade preceding his death. His plays include El mundo de los snobs (1920) and Un episodio bajo el terror (1923).

See alsoArgentina: The Twentieth Century .


Levene, Ricardo. La realidad histórica y social argentina vista por Juan Agustín García. Buenos Aires: Imprenta de la Universidad, 1945.

                                    Patrick Barr-Melej

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