The Truman Administration and Bolivia: Making the World Safe for Liberal Constitutional Oligarchy

The Truman Administration and Bolivia: Making the World Safe for Liberal Constitutional Oligarchy

by Glenn J. Dorn

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The United States emerged from World War II with generally good relations with the countries of Latin America and with the traditional Good Neighbor policy still largely intact. But it wasn’t too long before various overarching strategic and ideological priorities began to undermine those good relations as the Cold War came to exert its grip on U.S. policy formation and implementation. In The Truman Administration and Bolivia, Glenn Dorn tells the story of how the Truman administration allowed its strategic concerns for cheap and ready access to a crucial mineral resource, tin, to take precedence over further developing a positive relationship with Bolivia. This ultimately led to the economic conflict that provided a major impetus for the resistance that culminated in the Revolution of 1952—the most important revolutionary event in Latin America since the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The emergence of another revolutionary movement in Bolivia early in the millennium under Evo Morales makes this study of its Cold War predecessor an illuminating and timely exploration of the recurrent tensions between U.S. efforts to establish and dominate a liberal capitalist world order and the counterefforts of Latin American countries like Bolivia to forge their own destinies in the shadow of the “colossus of the north.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271073880
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 898 KB

About the Author

Glenn J. Dorn is Professor of History at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

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List of Abbreviations


1 Villarroel: April 1945–July 1946

2 Junta: July 1946–March 1947

3 Hertzog: March 1947–May 1949

4 Urriolagoitia: May 1949–June 1950

5 To the Mamertazo: July 1950–May 1951

6 Ballivián: May 1951–April 1952

7 Paz Estenssoro: April 1952–January 1953




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