Borders and Bridges: A History of U.S.-Latin American Relations

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - 197 páginas

The symbiotic relationship between the United States and Latin America has been filled with bitterness and anguish, on the one hand, and hope and cooperation, on the other. Each provides something the other lacks, and thus the relationship has the potential to work to the advantage of both. Brewer provides an introduction to the most important events in the diplomatic, military, social, and economic history of the relationship between the United States and countries of Latin America.

The symbiotic relationship between the United States and Latin America has been filled with bitterness and anguish, on the one hand, and hope and cooperation, on the other. Each provides something the other lacks, and thus the relationship has the potential to work to the advantage of both. Brewer provides an introduction to the the most important events in the diplomatic, military, social, and economic history of the relationship between the United States and countries of Latin America.

Soon after the American Revolutionary War, the new nation needed to build a solid relationship with Latin American countries in order to survive. The apex of hemispheric relations was not reached until World War II, when the area witnessed an unprecedented level of cooperation and mutual collaboration. This era ended with the onset of the Cold War, when the competition between capitalism and communism was fought by proxy throughout the developing world, adversely affecting the ability of Latin American nations to develop independent identities or thriving economies. Brewer argues that the events of 9/11 changed this relationship very little. Indeed, many of the issues that have long plagued U.S.-Latin American relations are returning as the United States focuses on the War on Terror in the Middle East and neglects its southern neighbors.

 

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Contenido

2 The European Enlightenment and the Birth of USLatin American Relations
9
3 The Independence Movements in Spanish Latin America and Brazil
21
4 The Monroe Doctrine Manifest Destiny and theMexican War
35
5 NineteenthCentury US Imperialism and the Spanish American War
59
6 Gunboat Diplomacy Panama and the New World Policeman
79
7 The Great Depression the Good Neighbor Policy and World War II
97
8 The Cold War the Cuban Revolution and the Cuban Missile Crisis
113
9 The End of Nonintervention and the End of the Cold War
129
10 Crossing the Threshold of a New Century
149
A Chronology of USLatin American Relations
163
Notes
167
Bibliography
185
Index
191
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Stewart Brewer is Assistant Professor of History at Dana College.

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