Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America Since 1945 / Edition 1

Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America Since 1945 / Edition 1

by Alan Mcpherson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1574888765

ISBN-13: 9781574888768

Pub. Date: 01/31/2006

Publisher: Potomac Books


Over the last sixty years, the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been marred by ideological conflict, imbalances of power, and economic disparity. The U.S.-sponsored coup in Guatemala, the near lynching of Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuela, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion are a few reminders of the sometimes dramatic

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Over the last sixty years, the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been marred by ideological conflict, imbalances of power, and economic disparity. The U.S.-sponsored coup in Guatemala, the near lynching of Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuela, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion are a few reminders of the sometimes dramatic confrontations between North and South. Yet this relationship has also been characterized by accelerating economic and cultural interdependence that is significantly altering the old paradigm of U.S. hegemony and Latin American resistance. Alan McPherson uses multinational sources to survey and analyze the history of this relationship. Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles reflects the most up-to-date research on state-to-state interactions and recognizes the influence of culture and non-state actors on international relations. Major topics include the debate over economic dependency, the U.S. response to revolutions in Latin America during the Cold War, military interventions and covert operations, human rights, migration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and economic integration, the Iran-Contra affair, the war on drugs, and Latinos in the United States. The author’s concise narrative and selection of primary–source documents offer an ideal introduction to U.S.–Latin American relations for students and for anyone with an interest in understanding the dynamic interplay between these hemispheric neighbors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574888768
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
01/31/2006
Series:
Issues in the History of American Foreign Relations
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Series Editor's Notexi
Acknowledgmentsxiii
Introduction: Unequal Interdependence1
Chapter 1Chills: Cold War, Dictatorship, and Rising Expectations, 1945-5817
Chapter 2Blowbacks: Anti-U.S. Sentiment, Socialism, and U.S. Gunboats, 1959-6945
Chapter 3Dirty Wars: Industrialization, Human Rights, and the Violence of Poverty, 1970-8069
Chapter 4Wreckages: Proxy Wars, Debt, and Defiant Strongmen, 1981-9089
Chapter 5Transnationalisms: Neoliberalism, Drugs, and Latina America, 1991-2005111
Conclusion: Food for Thought141
Appendix of Documents
1Spruille Braden and the State Department: The Blue Book on Argentina, 1946147
2Roy R. Rubottom Jr.: Communism in the Americas, 1958148
3Juscelino Kubitschek: Operation Pan-America, 1958149
4John F. Kennedy: Announcing the Alliance for Progress, 1961150
5Alberto Lleras: Report on the Alliance for Progress, 1963152
6Thomas Mann: Against an Invasion of Cuba, 1961153
7John F. Kennedy and Advisors: Discussing Options Against Missiles in Cuba, October 16, 1962154
8Fidel Castro to Nikita Khrushchev: Warning of a U.S. Invasion, October 26, 1962156
9Nikita Khrushchev to Fidel Castro: Remaining Calm Against U.S. Aggression, October 28, 1962157
10Senator William Fulbright: Criticizing the U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Crisis, 1965158
11Henry Kissinger and Cesar Augusto Guzzetti: Advising the Argentine Military on Dealing With Dissent, 1976159
12Nelson Rockefeller: Reporting on the Americas, 1969161
13Jimmy Carter: Loosening Tensions With Cuba, 1977162
14Gustavo Guiterrez: Liberation Theology, 1971163
15Daniel Ortega: The Sandinistas' Relationship With the United States, Interview, 1997165
16John Negroponte: Soviet Intervention in Central America, Interview, 1997166
17The Santa Fe Commission: Renewing the Cold War in Latin America, 1980167
18CIA: Secret Cable on a Guatemalan Massacre, 1981168
19Iran-Contra Report: Findings, Indictments, and Pardons, 1993169
20Clinton White House: Answering Critics of NAFTA, 1993171
21Rigoberta Menchu: Indigenous Activism and Guatemala, Interview, 1992172
22Foreign Ministers of the Americas: Diversity and Civil Society in the FTAA, 2003174
23Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Democracy, Poverty, and Women's Activism, 1996176
Notes179
Index197
About the Author208

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