The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1945-1993

The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1945-1993

by Gaddis Smith
     
 


When President Monroe issued his 1823 doctrine on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere, it quickly became as sacred to Americans as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But in the years after World War II - notably in Guatemala in 1954, in Brazil in 1963, in Chile in 1973, and in El Salvador in the 1980s - our government's policy of supporting… See more details below

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When President Monroe issued his 1823 doctrine on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere, it quickly became as sacred to Americans as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But in the years after World War II - notably in Guatemala in 1954, in Brazil in 1963, in Chile in 1973, and in El Salvador in the 1980s - our government's policy of supporting repressive regimes in Central and South America hastened the death of the very doctrine that had been invoked to protect us in the Cold War, by associating its application with torture squads, murder, and the denial of the very democratic ideals the Monroe Doctrine was intended to protect. Gaddis Smith's measured but devastating account is essential reading for all those who care how the United States behaves in the world arena."This epilogue to well-known history of Monroe Doctrine is a provocative interpretation of how US presidents resolved policy contradiction of accepting Soviet presence in the Caribbean while reaffirming tenets of Monroe Doctrine"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809015689
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
11/30/1995
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

1Whatever Happened to the Monroe Doctrine?3
2The Historical Legacy21
3The Ghost at San Francisco41
4The Kennan Corollary and Guatemala65
5Aground and Shattered on Cuba91
6No More Cubas: The Monroe Doctrine under Johnson and Nixon113
7Premature Obituary: The Doctrine and Jimmy Carter139
8A Tale of Three Doctrines: Reagan, Brezhnev, and Monroe161
9Nicaragua: The Self-Inflicted Wound185
10Fade Away211
Notes231
Bibliography259
Index271

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