The Danger of Dreams: German and American Imperialism in Latin America / Edition 1

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American imperialism in Latin America at the beginning of the twentieth century has been explained, in part, as a response to the threat posed by Germany in the region. But, as Nancy Mitchell demonstrates, the German actions that raised American hackles then—and have been held up ever since as evidence that Germany aimed to challenge the Monroe Doctrine—prove to be, on close inspection of German, U.S., and British archives, a potent mix of German bombast and American paranoia. Simply put, says Mitchell, there was no German threat in Latin America.

Mitchell's case hinges on the careful investigation of four important matters: the development of German and U.S. war plans, Roosevelt's response to the Anglo-German blockade of Venezuela, the German presence in southern Brazil, and the evolution of Wilson's Mexican policy. Her close analysis of German actions exposes the persistent U.S. tendency to exaggerate the threat that Wilhelmine Germany posed to Latin America. Germany's ambitions, recklessly proclaimed but never translated into policy, allowed the United States to disguise its interventions in Latin America as the protection of the region from rapacious Europeans, rather than the imperialism of a rising power.

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Editorial Reviews

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An important study, which is clearly written and nicely illustrated.

Times Literary Supplement

Highly readable and well-researched tome.

German History

A well-researched, gracefully written and subtle analysis of three principal theatres of contact: Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico.

Latin American Studies

[An] ambitious and persuasive study.

American Historical Review

Her scholarship is thoroughly researched, thoughtful, and vigorously argued.

Journal of Military History

Raleigh News & Observer
Mitchell's book underscores the need for continual reassessment of received wisdom. . . . It shows that perceptions of foreign threats often say as much about those doing the perceiving as about those being perceived.
Times Literary Supplement
Covers a crucial period in Latin American history. . . . An important study, which is clearly written and nicely illustrated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807847756
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/1999
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Mitchell is associate professor of history at North Carolina State University.

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Table of Contents

1. The Rise of German-American Antagonism
2. The Height of the German Challenge: The Venezuela Blockade, 1902-1903
3. The Reach of the Monroe Doctrine: The Germanization of Brazil
4. The Dominance of the United States: Huerta, Wilson, and Wilhelm
5. Image and Reality: The Utility of Misperception

"Move for move"
"The race for commercial supremacy"
"We never speak as we pass by"
"In bad form for good shooting"
"Who gets the Philippines?"
"Does Germany aim to control the Caribbean Sea?"
"Assault on New York"
"The Black Plan"
"He may not be hungry, but he has a hungry look"
"Hayti: 'Hoch der Kaiser!'"
"Italy: 'I'm the Kaiser's monkey: whose monkey are you?'"
"Uncle Sam: 'That's a live wire, gentlemen!'"
"On the Venezuelan path—going blind again"
"Never again!"
"And nations rested 'neath its grateful shade"
"The oyster and the shell"
"Dot iss der last time"
"How about recognition?"
"His best platform manner"
"The road to the abyss"
"The new gown"
"Uncle Sam: 'It is hard to bring 'em all under one hat!'"

1. The Caribbean Region
2. Southern Brazil
3. The Hansa Colony

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