Michael L. Conniff is director of Latin American and Caribbean studies and a professor of Latin American history at the University of South Florida in Tampa. He lived and worked in Panama for many years. He is the author of several books on Panama, Brazil, and Latin America.
Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance / Edition 2by Michael L. Conniff
This new edition of Panama and the United States, examines how relations between Panama and the United States have always pivoted on the issue of transportation across the country's narrow isthmus and delves into the future of those relations now that Panama controls the canal. Historically, Panamanians aspired to have their country become a crossroads of/i>… See more details below
This new edition of Panama and the United States, examines how relations between Panama and the United States have always pivoted on the issue of transportation across the country's narrow isthmus and delves into the future of those relations now that Panama controls the canal. Historically, Panamanians aspired to have their country become a crossroads of the world, while Americans sought to tame a vast territory and protect their trade and influence around the globe. The building of the Panama Canal (1904-1914) locked the two countries in their parallel quests but failed to satisfy either fully. Michael L. Conniff explores the implications of Panama's newly acquired opportunities and how events since the 1989 U.S. invasion have provided a rich environment for the emergence of new parties, a new generation of politicians, and more democratic business procedures. Panama is now able to re-create its own nationhood relatively free from outside pressures.
Drawing on a wide array of sources updated for this edition, Conniff considers the full range of factors--political, social, strategic, diplomatic, economic, intellectual--that have bound the two countries together. He conveys the viewpoints of leaders in each country but also follows the shifting currents of public opinion. As he shows, the many layers of decision making, opinion, communication, and administration that affected the construction, operation, and turning over of the canal have made relations slow and sometimes impenetrable.
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Table of Contents
|Preface to the Second Edition|
|1||Independence and Early Relations||7|
|2||The Railroad Era||24|
|3||The French Period||41|
|4||Canal Diplomacy, 1902-1919||63|
|5||From Gunboats to the Nuclear Age, 1920-1945||84|
|6||Uneasy Partners, 1945-1960||98|
|7||A Time of Troubles and Treaties, 1960-1979||116|
|8||Treaty Implementation, 1979-1985||140|
|9||The Noriega Crisis and Bush's Ordeal||154|
|10||Canal Ownership and Sovereignty at Last||169|
|Supplemental Bibliographical Essay for the Second Edition||213|
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