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

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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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"Conniff has carefully mined the rich secondary literature on Panama and neatly pieced together the significant aspects of its diplomatic, economic, political, and cultural history. He has written a masterful synthesis, complete with lively narratives and insightful analyses. Based on the theme that Panama-United States relations have constituted a forced alliance, the book differs from most others by examining the experiences of Panamanians and Yankees on all social levels."--Journal of American History

"This is a balanced study. Conniff is no apologist for U.S. policy, but he understands the contradiction between the American perception of itself as a positive force and the reality of its often negative presence."--American Historical Review

"[Panama and the United States] contains a cornucopia of information while at the same time providing some interesting detours along the way. Conniff . . . produces an engrossing and informative book."--Choice

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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.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
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
Notes 187
Bibliographical Essay 209
Supplemental Bibliographical Essay for the Second Edition 213
Index 217
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