America and the Americas: The United States in the Western Hemisphere / Edition 2

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America and the Americas is the inaugural volume in The United States and the Americas, as series of books assessing relations between the United States and its neighbors to the south and north: Mexico, Central America, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Panama, Columbia, Venezuela and many more. The series volumes will be prepared by other leading historians in the field.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This is a long overdue work. There have not been any comprehensive general analyses of Latin American-United States relations which cover the complete historical record from a variety of angles since Samuel Flagg Bemis's classic The Latin American Policy of the United States , (HBJ, 1943. o.p.) and Gordon Connell-Smith's The United States & Latin America (Halsted: Wiley, 1974. o.p.). Langley, a knowledgeable Latin American affairs expert, provides an objective analysis in a smoothly written, jargon-free text, admirably filling a void in the literature. His approach also gives needed attention to cultural influences. Essential for all libraries.-- Roderic A. Camp, Central Coll., Pella, Ia .
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“An objective analysis in a smoothly written, jargon-free text, admirably filling a void in the literature. His approach also gives needed attention to cultural influences. Essential for all libraries.”—Library Journal

America and the Americas is a fluid synthesis, not a textbook. The reader is assumed to have basic familiarity with the events that Langley rapidly summarizes, so that the book’s rewards go not to the uninitiated student but to the educated reader interested in sound judgments and deft interpretations that appear on almost every page. . . .Scholars, graduate students, and other readers trying to make sense of the growing transnational character of the Americas in the twenty-first century will benefit greatly from reading this account of how those ties developed over the preceding two centuries.” —Max Paul Friedman, H-Net Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820328898
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/2010
  • Series: The United States and the Americas
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Lester D. Langley, research professor of history emeritus at the University of Georgia, is the author or editor of a number of books on the history of the United States in the Americas, including The United States and the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century, The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1750–1850, and The Americas in the Modern Age. He is general editor of the University of Georgia Press series The United States and the Americas.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction to the Second Edition xv
Prelude: The Birth of the Second America 1
part 1. Genesis
1. The Revolutionary Age 7
2. Manifest Destiny 38
part 2. Empire
3. The Imperial Design 75
4. Pax Americana 104
part 3. The Global Crisis
5. A Hemisphere at War 141
6. The Cold War 174
part 4. The Modern Era
7. Years of Uncertainty 211
8. The Defiant Hemisphere 247
Epilogue 281
Notes 297
Bibliographical Essay 327
Index 337
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