The history of U.S.-Latin American relations has been marked by a complex fusion of tension, misperception, intervention, and cooperation. Providing a balanced and interdisciplinary interpretation, this comprehensive reader traces the troubled relationship from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the post-9/11 period.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition of Neighborly Adversaries includes original essays on critically important ...
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Neighborly Adversaries: Readings in U.S.-Latin American Relations

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The history of U.S.-Latin American relations has been marked by a complex fusion of tension, misperception, intervention, and cooperation. Providing a balanced and interdisciplinary interpretation, this comprehensive reader traces the troubled relationship from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the post-9/11 period.

Thoroughly revised and updated, this edition of Neighborly Adversaries includes original essays on critically important issues such as immigration and the environment. In addition, a new section helps students of history, political science, and international relations understand the most important themes and topics that unify and divide the United States and Latin American nations today. The readings are framed by the editors' opening chapter on the history of the relationship, introductory essays for each part, and abstracts for each selection. Methodologically interdisciplinary, yet comparative and historical in organization and structure, this collection will benefit students and specialists of Latin America's complex historical, social, and political relationship with its northern neighbor.

Contributions by: Luisa Angrisani, Laura Ávila, Bruce M. Bagley, Samuel Flagg Bemis, Cole Blasier, Jorge G. Castañeda, Richard L. Harris, Lance R. Ingwersen, Wesley Ingwersen, George Kennan, Stephen Kinzer, Lester D. Langley, Michael LaRosa, Jerome Levinson, Alan Luxenberg, Frank O. Mora, Gaston Nerval, Juan de Onís, Robert Pastor, Dexter Perkins, Fredrick Pike, José Enrique Rodó, Riordan Roett, Elihu Root, Steven Schlesinger, Michael Shifter, Josiah Strong, Juan G. Tokatlian, Roger R. Trask, Arturo Valenzuela, Woodrow Wilson, and Bryce Wood.
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Editorial Reviews

Abraham F. Lowenthal
Two established scholars of U.S.–Latin American relations offer a new and updated edition of their useful, multidisciplinary review of major issues and perspectives in Western Hemisphere relations from the Monroe Doctrine of the early nineteenth century to the policies of the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations in the early twenty-first century. Students will be able to discern from these well-selected contributions how many of the underlying premises and policies of the United States toward Latin America have endured, even as the region, the international environment, the United States itself, and the major issues on the agenda of U.S.–Latin American relations have fundamentally changed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461640349
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/13/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 1,357,379
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Michael LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College. Frank O. Mora, formerly professor of national security strategy at the National War College, National Defense University, is deputy assistant secretary of defense—western hemisphere.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction: Contentious Friends in the Western Hemisphere
Michael LaRosa and Frank O. Mora
Part I: Disparate Perceptions: Expansionism versus Arielismo
Chapter 2: The Anglo-Saxon and the World's Future
Josiah Strong
Chapter 3: Ariel
José Enrique Rodó
Chapter 4: Wild People in Wild Lands: Early American Views of Latin Americans
Fredrick Pike
Part II: The Monroe Doctrine and Origins of U.S. Expansionism
Chapter 5: The Monroe Doctrine, 1823–1826
Dexter Perkins
Chapter 6: The Platt Amendment of 1901
Chapter 7: The Real Monroe Doctrine
Elihu Root
Chapter 8: Autopsy of the Monroe Doctrine: The Strange Story of Inter-American Relations
Gaston Nerval
Part III: From TR to FDR: Interventionism and the Good Neighbor Policy
Chapter 9: Leonard Wood and the White Man's Burden
Lester D. Langley
Chapter 10: Development of the Panama Policy in the Caribbean and Central America (1902–1936)
Samuel Flagg Bemis
Chapter 11: An Address to Congress on the Mexican Crisis (April 20, 1914)
Woodrow Wilson
Chapter 12: The Making of the Good Neighbor Policy
Bryce Wood
Part IV: Cold War Arrives in Latin America
Chapter 13: The Impact of the Cold War on U.S.–Latin American Relations, 1945–1949
Roger R. Trask
Chapter 14: Latin America as a Problem in U.S. Foreign Policy
George Kennan
Chapter 15: The Hovering Giant: U.S. Responses to Revolutionary Change in Latin America
Cole Blasier
Chapter 16: Bitter Fruit: The Untold Story of the American Coup in Guatemala
Stephen Schlesinger and Stephen Kinzer
Chapter 17: Did Eisenhower Push Castro into the Arms of the Soviets?
Alan Luxenberg
Part V: Development and Conflict in U.S.–Latin American Relations
Chapter 18: The Alliance That Lost Its Way: A Critical Report on the Alliance for Progress
Jerome Levinson and Juan de Onís
Chapter 19: Condemned to Repetition: The United States and Nicaragua
Robert Pastor
Chapter 20: The Debt Crisis and Economic Development
Riordan Roett
Chapter 21: Dope and Dogma: Explaining the Failure of U.S.–Latin American Drug Policies
Bruce M. Bagley and Juan D. Tokatlian
Part VI: Latin America and the United States: From the 1990s to Post-9/11
Chapter 22: More Latin, Less America? Creating a Free Trade Area of the Americas
Luisa Angrisani
Chapter 23: U.S. Immigration Policies in Historic Context: A Latin American Case Study
Michael LaRosa and Lance R. Ingwersen
Chapter 24: The Forgotten Relationship
Jorge G. Castañeda
Chapter 25: The United States and Latin American through the Lens of Empire
Michael Shifter
Chapter 26: U.S. Influences in Latin America: The Environmental Impact of Trade and the Sustainability Agenda
Wesley Ingwersen and Laura Ávila
Chapter 27: Resistance and Alternatives to Globalization in Latin America and the Caribbean
Richard L. Harris
Chapter 28: Beyond Benign Neglect: Washington and Latin America
Arturo Valenzuela
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