Strategy, Security, and Spies: Mexico and the U.S. as Allies in World War II

Strategy, Security, and Spies: Mexico and the U.S. as Allies in World War II

by Maria Emilia Paz, Maria Emilia Paz Salinas
     
 

Faced with the possibility of being drawn into a war on several fronts, the United States sought to win Mexican support for a new strategy of Hemispheric Security, based on defense collaboration by governments throughout the Americas. U.S. leaders were concerned that Mexico might become a base for enemy operations, a scenario that, given the presence of pro-Axis… See more details below

Overview

Faced with the possibility of being drawn into a war on several fronts, the United States sought to win Mexican support for a new strategy of Hemispheric Security, based on defense collaboration by governments throughout the Americas. U.S. leaders were concerned that Mexico might become a base for enemy operations, a scenario that, given the presence of pro-Axis lobbies in Mexico and the rumored fraternization between Mexico and Germany in World War I, seemed far from implausible in 1939-41.

Strategy, Security, and Spies tells the fascinating story of U.S. relations with Mexico during the war years, involving everything from spies and internal bureaucratic struggles in both countries to all sorts of diplomatic maneuverings. Although its focus is on the interactions of the two countries, relative to the threat posed by the Axis powers, a valuable feature of the study is to show how Mexico itself evolved politically in crucial ways during this period, always trying to maintain the delicate balance between the divisive force of Mexican nationalism and the countervailing force of economic dependency and security self-interest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271016665
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
08/12/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction1
1The Advent of Hemispheric Defense9
2Mexico and the Axis Threat25
31940: First Steps Toward Military Partnership47
41940-1941: The First Defense Deals61
5The Strategic Role of Mexican Minerals74
6Mexico, the Reluctant Ally103
7Mexico Moves Against the Axis123
8Mexico Declares "A State of War"135
9Axis Intelligence Activities in Mexico146
10U.S. Counterintelligence in Mexico181
11An Impasse on Defense Cooperation209
12Closing the Circle226
Epilogue: The Dawn of a New Era235
Bibliography245
Index255

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