The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties

The Last Good Neighbor: Mexico in the Global Sixties

by Eric Zolov


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In The Last Good Neighbor Eric Zolov presents a revisionist account of Mexican domestic politics and international relations during the long 1960s, tracing how Mexico emerged from the shadow of FDR's Good Neighbor policy to become a geopolitical player in its own right during the Cold War. Zolov shows how President Adolfo López Mateos (1958–1964) leveraged Mexico's historical ties with the United States while harnessing the left's passionate calls for solidarity with developing nations in a bold attempt to alter the course of global politics. During this period, Mexico forged relationships with the Soviet Bloc, took positions at odds with US interests, and entered the scene of Third World internationalism. Drawing on archival research from Mexico, the United States, and Britain, Zolov gives a broad perspective on the multitudinous, transnational forces that shaped Mexican political culture in ways that challenge standard histories of the period.

Editorial Reviews

Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War - Tanya Harmer

Beautifully written and engaging, The Last Good Neighbor offers a history of Mexico that is at once local and global, international and transnational. It is required reading for anyone interested in Mexican politics and foreign relations in the long sixties, within the Americas and beyond. In positioning Mexico at the heart of the global sixties, Eric Zolov adds significantly to our understanding of Latin America's relationship with the Third World during the Cold War.

Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America - Patrick Iber

The Last Good Neighbor is the best and deepest account of Mexican politics and foreign relations in those key years of transition from the late 50s to the early 60s. It is the result of Eric Zolov's long years of work in these areas, and that deep knowledge shows in his deft combination of political and cultural analysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478005438
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 05/08/2020
Series: American Encounters/Global Interactions Series
Pages: 424
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)

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