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

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

by Nancy Mitchell


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

Danger of Dreams: German and American Imperialism in Latin America

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ISBN-13: 9780807847756
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/27/1999
Edition description: 1
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

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

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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[An] ambitious and persuasive study. . . . This fine book no doubt will elicit controversy and debate. It bravely states a dissenting view and effectively marshals strong arguments and an array of evidence in its support. Scholars no longer can look upon the issue in quite the same way as before.—American Historical Review

Drawing from government correspondence and a vast array of European and U.S. newspapers, [Mitchell] engages various scholarly debates concerning German intentions, emphasizing the importance of differentiating between goals, rhetoric, public opinion, and real policy. Her command of the relevant literature and minutiae of each episode is impressive, and her analysis of comments in the margins of official documents is insightful.—Choice

A well-researched, gracefully written and subtle analysis of three principal theatres of contact: Venezuela, Brazil and Mexico in the first two decades of the twentieth century. . . . [This book] provides a reasoned, well-researched and geographically broad analysis of German-United States relations in Latin America. In that it makes an important contribution to our understanding of one aspect of imperialism.—Latin American Studies

Covers a crucial period in Latin American history. . . . An important study, which is clearly written and nicely illustrated.—Times Literary Supplement

A fine book in an engaging style. . . . [It is] one of the most engaging and rewarding monographs. . . . Her scholarship is thoroughly researched, thoughtful, and vigorously argued.—Journal of Military History

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.—Raleigh News & Observer

This highly readable and well-researched tome is concerned with the period from 1898, when Germany began to construct a High Seas Fleet and the USA achieved victory in the Spanish-American War, up to the First World War.—German History

Drawing on an unprecedented wealth of archival materials and demonstrating uncommonly powerful analytic skills, Nancy Mitchell has produced a genuine intellectual landmark, completely recasting our understanding of the U.S.-German rivalry in the early twentieth century. More broadly, Mitchell demonstrates the role of misperception and misinterpretation in international relations, making her study mandatory reading for anyone seeking to understand how uninformed but suspicious foreign policy officials can spin webs of aggression and intrigue out of little more than thin air.—Lars Schoultz, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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