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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
 

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ISBN-10: 0271016663

ISBN-13: 9780271016665

Pub. Date: 08/12/1997

Publisher: Penn State University Press

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271016665
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
08/12/1997
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
276
Sales rank:
1,211,391
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations appear between pages 102 and 103
Acknowledgments ix(2)
List of Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1(8)
1. The Advent of Hemispheric Defense
9(16)
2. Mexico and the Axis Threat
25(22)
3. 1940: First Steps Toward Military Partnership
47(14)
4. 1940-1941: The First Defense Deals
61(13)
5. The Strategic Role of Mexican Minerals
74(29)
6. Mexico, the Reluctant Ally
103(20)
7. Mexico Moves Against the Axis
123(12)
8. Mexico Declares "A State of War"
135(11)
9. Axis Intelligence Activities in Mexico
146(35)
10. U.S. Counterintelligence in Mexico
181(28)
11. An Impasse on Defense Cooperation
209(17)
12. Closing the Circle
226(9)
Epilogue: The Dawn of a New Era 235(10)
Bibliography 245(10)
Index 255

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