Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance / Edition 2

Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance / Edition 2

by 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 ofSee more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820323480
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
The United States and the Americas Series
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


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.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Independence and Early Relations7
2The Railroad Era24
3The French Period41
4Canal Diplomacy, 1902-191963
5From Gunboats to the Nuclear Age, 1920-194584
6Uneasy Partners, 1945-196098
7A Time of Troubles and Treaties, 1960-1979116
8Treaty Implementation, 1979-1985140
9The Noriega Crisis and Bush's Ordeal154
10Canal Ownership and Sovereignty at Last169
Notes187
Bibliographical Essay209
Supplemental Bibliographical Essay for the Second Edition213
Index217

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