The Second Century: U.S.--Latin American Relations since 1889

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The Second Century: U.S.DLatin American Relations since 1889 focuses on U.S. relations with Latin America during the second century, a period bounded by the advent of the New Diplomacy late in the nineteenth century and the end of the Cold War about one hundred years later. This text provides a balanced perspective as it presents both the United States's view that the Western Hemisphere needed to unite under a common democratic, capitalistic society, and the Latin American countries' response to U.S. attempts to ...

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Overview

The Second Century: U.S.DLatin American Relations since 1889 focuses on U.S. relations with Latin America during the second century, a period bounded by the advent of the New Diplomacy late in the nineteenth century and the end of the Cold War about one hundred years later. This text provides a balanced perspective as it presents both the United States's view that the Western Hemisphere needed to unite under a common democratic, capitalistic society, and the Latin American countries' response to U.S. attempts to impose these goals on their southern neighbors. This book examines the reciprocal interactions between the two regions, each with distinctive purposes, outlooks, interests, and cultures. It also places U.S.DLatin American relations within the larger context of global politics and economics. The Second Century is an excellent text for courses in Latin American history and diplomatic history.

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Editorial Reviews

Hungarian Journal Of English and American Studies
Uniquely valuable. 2000
Cuslar Newsletter
A remarkably readable and interesting overview of the complicated history behind U.S–Latin American relations during the last century.
Robert D. Schulzinger
A very useful resource for students and scholars who want a comprehensive overview of this important and unfortunately relatively neglected area of U.S. foreign relations.
Randall B. Woods
The Second Century is a concise, gracefully written survey of U.S.–Latin American relations during the last century. The story in all its complexity—clashing nationalisms, rival ideologies, ambitious personalities, and geopolitical imperatives—emerges with clarity and force. Gilderhus has used his well-known mastery of the subject to produce a book that is simultaneously accessible to the layperson and useful to the scholar.
Thomas G. Paterson
This crisply written overview effectively explores the contest between U.S. hegemony and Latin American nationalism. Gilderhus engages the reader in the ongoing debate over core issues, from Pan Americanism to the Good Neighbor Policy to the Cuban Revolution to post-Cold War questions. He places this regional study in global context and, most impressively, presents Latin American perspectives. Start with this book to grasp the central threads of an enduring, often violent, relationship.
Booknews
Presents a synthesis of historical work on U.S. relations with its southern neighbors. The author views the story as one in which the U.S. often took the initiative, but cautions that the Latin American countries not be seen as passive players in the drama. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780842024136
  • Publisher: Scholarly Resources, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Latin American Silhouettes Series
  • Pages: 282
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark T. Gilderhus is the Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Expansion, Empire, and Intervention, 1889–1913 Chapter 2 Revolution, War, and Expansion, 1913–1929 Chapter 3 Depression, War, and the Good Neighbor, 1929–1945 Chapter 4 Cold War, Dependency, and Change, 1945–1959 Chapter 5 Castro, Cuba, and Containment, 1959–1979 Chapter 6 Since 1979: The Limits of Hegemony?

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