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Brazil and the United States: Convergence and Divergence
     

Brazil and the United States: Convergence and Divergence

by Joseph Smith
 

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Although Brazil and the United States have long regarded each other sympathetically, relations between the two countries have been adversely affected by geographical distance, language barriers, and cultural indifference. In this comprehensive overview, Joseph Smith examines the history of Brazil-U.S. relations from the early nineteenth century to the present

Overview

Although Brazil and the United States have long regarded each other sympathetically, relations between the two countries have been adversely affected by geographical distance, language barriers, and cultural indifference. In this comprehensive overview, Joseph Smith examines the history of Brazil-U.S. relations from the early nineteenth century to the present day.

With the exception of commerce, notably the coffee trade, there was relatively little contact between the countries during the nineteenth century. A convergence of national interests took place during the first decade of the twentieth century and was exemplified in Brazil’s strategy of “approximating” its foreign policy to that pursued by the United States. In return, Brazil expected economic gains and diplomatic support for its ambition to be the leading power in South America. But U.S. leaders were cautious and self-serving. Brazil was treated as a special ally, according to Smith, but only at times of major crisis such as the two world wars.

As the twentieth century progressed, friction developed over programs of U.S. financial assistance and efforts to deal with the threat of communism. Recently there have been disagreements over Brazil’s determination to take its rightful place as a global economic player and regional leader. Nonetheless history reveals that these two giant nations of the Western Hemisphere share national interests that they realize are best served by maintaining a friendly, cooperative relationship.

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"Smith has written a lucid overview of Brazilian-American relations that will be useful to scholars, policy makers, and casual readers for years to come."—Choice

“This pointed, concise volume, the last in the series, admirably upholds the standard of excellence so consistently maintained by the editor, Lester D. Langley. A job well done!”—Mark T. Gilderhus, Texas Christian University

"A balanced, well-paced, lucidly written examination of the core issues at stake in the US–Brazilian relationship."—International Affairs

“Succinctly covering two hundred years of relations between Brazil and the United States, Smith’s fine volume is the most comprehensive and balanced survey available in English.”—Marshall Eakin, Vanderbilt University

“Joseph Smith’s treatment of Brazil—United States relations is the best synthesis of the subject.t Smith’s clear organization and presentation make this volume a required introduction for students and any other interested in the subject.”—Sonny B. Davis, Hispanic American Historical Review

"Smith’s compact but comprehensive tome provides the reader with a clear, systematic, and illuminating overview of [a] bilateral relationship." —Jean Daudelin, Latin American Research Review

Choice

Smith has written a lucid overview of Brazilian-American relations that will be useful to scholars, policy makers, and casual readers for years to come.

Texas Christian University - Mark T. Gilderhus

This pointed, concise volume, the last in the series, admirably upholds the standard of excellence so consistently maintained by the editor, Lester D. Langley. A job well done!

International Affairs

A balanced, well-paced, lucidly written examination of the core issues at stake in the US–Brazilian relationship.

Vanderbilt University - Marshall Eakin

Succinctly covering two hundred years of relations between Brazil and the United States, Smith’s fine volume is the most comprehensive and balanced survey available in English.

Hispanic American Historical Review - Sonny B. Davis

Joseph Smith’s treatment of Brazil—United States relations is the best synthesis of the subject.t Smith’s clear organization and presentation make this volume a required introduction for students and any other interested in the subject.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820327709
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/15/2010
Series:
The United States and the Americas Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(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 United States foreign relations, including Central America: The Real Stakes, The United States and the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century (Georgia, 1985), and MexAmerica: Two Countries, One Future. He is general editor of the University of Georgia Press series of books The United States and the Americas.

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