Talons of the Eagle: Dynamics of U. S. -Latin American Relations / Edition 2

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Overview

Contrary to widespread expectation, the ending of the Cold War has not produced continuous harmony and cooperation in U.S.-Latin American relations. Instead, NAFTA seems to threaten as much as it promises; economic prospects have been shaken by the Mexican currency crisis; the "war on drugs" continues to escalate; and xenophobic reactions to the migration of Latin Americans into the United States, typified by California's Proposition 187, seize headlines and editorial pages. Spanning almost two hundred years, Talons of the Eagle tells the turbulent story of U.S.-Latin American relations from the birth of the United States and the new Latin American nations through the Cold War to the present day. Focusing not on U.S. policy alone, but on the intricate network of relationships between the United States and its neighbors, Peter H. Smith sheds penetrating new light on trends and events in the Americas.

"In this 'personal statement' Smith interprets and synthesizes years of research and reflection on two centuries of inter-American relations. Emphasis on structure, continuity, and change; divides system into three broad periods (Imperial Era, Cold War, and current Age of Uncertainty), defining characteristics and dynamics of each"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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"A well-written, provocative exploration of the relationship between Latin America and the United States since independence....An excellent overview."--Library Journal

"Peter H. Smith...has written a timely and valuable book that aptly recalls how Roosevelt's decade of the 1930s still stands out as 'a golden era of U.S. relations with Latin America.' He then expertly traces the decline of the region's importance since the Roosevelt era until it has become a mere appendage to the East-West conflict."--The Washington Post Book World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195129984
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter H. Smith is Professor of Political Science, Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies, and Director of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. He is a prominent author, commentator, and advisor on Latin American politics and on U.S.-Latin American relations. His most recent books include pathbreaking studies on drug trafficking and regional integration. He is the co-author of Modern Latin America (Fourth Edition, 1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: International Systems and U.S. - Latin American Relations 1
I The Imperial Era
1 The European Game 11
2 The Gospel of Democracy 38
3 Mr. Roosevelt's Neighborhood 63
4 Latin America: Responses to Imperialism 87
II The Cold War
5 Closing Ranks 117
6 Making Friends 143
7 Crushing Enemies 164
8 Latin America: Fighting the Cold War 190
III Age of Uncertainty
9 Hegemony by Default 219
10 The New Economic Agenda 249
11 Illicit Flows and Military Force 284
12 Latin America: In Quest of Alternatives 318
Conclusion: Structure and Change in U.S.-Latin American Relations 353
App.: Statistical Tables 371
Notes 383
Select Bibliography 397
Index 405
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