In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War

In from the Cold: Latin America’s New Encounter with the Cold War

by Gilbert M. Joseph
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822341026

ISBN-13: 9780822341024

Pub. Date: 01/11/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Over the last decade, studies of the Cold War have mushroomed globally. Unfortunately, work on Latin America has not been well represented in either theoretical or empirical discussions of the broader conflict. With some notable exceptions, studies have proceeded in rather conventional channels, focusing on U.S. policy objectives and high-profile leaders (Fidel Castro…  See more details below

Overview

Over the last decade, studies of the Cold War have mushroomed globally. Unfortunately, work on Latin America has not been well represented in either theoretical or empirical discussions of the broader conflict. With some notable exceptions, studies have proceeded in rather conventional channels, focusing on U.S. policy objectives and high-profile leaders (Fidel Castro) and events (the Cuban Missile Crisis) and drawing largely on U.S. government sources. Moreover, only rarely have U.S. foreign relations scholars engaged productively with Latin American historians to analyze how the international conflict transformed the region's political, social, and cultural life. Representing a collaboration among eleven North American, Latin American, and European historians, anthropologists, and political scientists, this volume attempts to facilitate such a cross-fertilization. In the process, In from the Cold shifts the focus away from the bipolar conflict, the preoccupation of much so-called new Cold War history, in order to showcase research, discussion, and an array of new archival and oral sources centering on the grass roots, where conflicts actually brewed. The contributors examine international and everyday contests over political power and cultural representation, concentrating on communities and groups above ground and underground, on state houses and diplomatic board rooms manned by Latin American and international governing elites, on the relations among states regionally, and, less frequently, on the dynamics between the two great superpowers.

About the Author:
Gilbert M. Joseph is Farnam Professor of History and International Studies at YaleUniversity

About the Author:
Daniela Spenser is Senior Research Professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropologia Social in Mexico City

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822341024
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
01/11/2008
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................vii
What We Now Know and Should Know: Bringing Latin America More Meaningfully into Cold War Studies Gilbert M. Joseph....................3
Recovering the Memory of the Cold War: Forensic History and Latin America Thomas S. Blanton....................47
The Caribbean Crisis: Catalyst for Soviet Projection in Latin America Daniela Spenser....................77
The View from Havana: Lessons from Cuba's African Journey, 1959-1976 Piero Gleijeses....................112
Transnationalizing the Dirty War: Argentina in Central America Ariel C. Armony....................134
Producing the Cold War in Mexico: The Public Limits of Covert Communications Seth Fein....................171
Cuba sí, Yanquis no! The Sacking of the Instituto Cultural México-Norteamericano in Morelia, Michoacán, 1961 Eric Zolov....................214
Miracle on Ice: Industrial Workers and the Promise of Americanization in Cold War Mexico Steven J. Bachelor....................253
Chicano Cold Warriors: César Chávez, Mexican American Politics, and California Farmworkers Stephen Pitti....................273
Birth Control Pills and Molotov Cocktails: Reading Sex and Revolution in 1968 Brazil Victoria Langland....................308
Rural Markets, Revolutionary Souls, and Rebellious Women in Cold War Guatemala Carlota McAllister....................350
Standing Conventional Cold War History on Its Head Daniela Spenser....................381
Selective Bibliography....................397
Contributors....................427
Index....................429

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