Historical Dictionary of United States-Latin American Relations

Historical Dictionary of United States-Latin American Relations

by Joseph Smith
     
 

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From the assertion of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the Reagan Doctrine of the 1980s, the United States has presumed a position of political leadership and pre-eminence in the Western Hemisphere. This has been made possible by two main factors: America's huge economy, which has made the U.S. the largest single commercial market and the biggest investor in

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From the assertion of the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 to the Reagan Doctrine of the 1980s, the United States has presumed a position of political leadership and pre-eminence in the Western Hemisphere. This has been made possible by two main factors: America's huge economy, which has made the U.S. the largest single commercial market and the biggest investor in Latin America, and America's military prowess, which has been convincingly demonstrated in victories in the Mexican-American War (1846-1848) and the Spanish-American War (1898). This volume concentrates on the history of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and the nations of Latin America from the creation of the independent United States in the late eighteenth century up to the present. This is accomplished through a chronology, an introduction, a bibliography, appendixes, and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries on the countries involved, significant events, major crises, important figures, controversial issues, and doctrines and policies that have evolved. For scholars, historians, and students interested in the diplomacy of these two regions, the Historical Dictionary of United States-Latin American Relations is an essential reference.

Editorial Reviews

Inter-American Notes
...a useful library reference work.
Hispanic American Historical Review
Entries are brief, averaging a page or less, but are almost unfailingly accurate. It is a reliable reference source for college and university libraries and a handy desk reference for the lecturer, student, or nonspecialist scholar who prefers the substantiality of a book.
CHOICE
Recommended.
vol. 38 (2007) American Reference Books Annual
...should be in all major libraries and particularly in political science sections of universities for use by both students and professors.
Reference and Research Book News
Smith (American diplomatic history, Exeter U., England) provides information about the history of diplomatic relations between the US and nations of mainland Latin America, from the creation of the US in the late 18th century to the present. Articles ranging in length from a short paragraph to two pages consider people, events, countries, documents, movements, concepts, organizations, and other topics....the cross-referencing is extensive.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810855298
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/2006
Series:
Historical Dictionaries of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations Series, #3
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.89(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.06(d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Smith is a Reader in American Diplomatic History at Exeter University in England.

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