Talons of the Eagle Latin America, the United States, and the World

ISBN-10: 0195320484
ISBN-13: 9780195320480
Edition: 3rd 2007
Authors: Peter H. Smith
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Description: After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a new international regime emerged and profoundly transformed inter-American affairs. In the third edition of Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Peter H. Smith  More...

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List price: $44.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/7/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.540
Language: English

After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a new international regime emerged and profoundly transformed inter-American affairs. In the third edition of Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Peter H. Smith places this devastating event into its full historical context by offering a vivid portrayal of U.S.-Latin American relations from the early nineteenth century to the present. A new section, "The War on Terror," examines the impact of 9/11 on the United States and Latin America, with a focus on George W. Bush's Latin American policy. Smith also analyzes Latin American reactions and responses to the U.S.--and to the rest of the world--in these complex and troubling times. Throughout, this provocative text casts new light on such contemporary issues as economic integration, drug trafficking, undocumented migration, and the rise of Latin America's "new left." Rather than concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Smith addresses the structural relationships between the two regions by focusing on international systems, the distribution of power, and the perception and pursuit of national interests. Designed explicitly for classroom use, this new edition integrates photographs, political cartoons, charts, and tables directly into the text. To further enliven the subject, anecdotal sidebars highlight such incendiary and discussion-worthy topics as the origins of anti-imperialist sentiment in Latin America, Che Guevara's hopes for continental revolution, Ronald Reagan's denunciation of communist threats in Central America, George W. Bush's justifications for the war in Iraq, and Hugo Chvez's anti-Bush remarks at the United Nations. Deftly researched and thoughtfully composed, this text is ideal for general courses in Latin American history and politics as well as courses in U.S. foreign policy and inter-American relations. Timely and topical, Talons of the Eagle, Third Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs--a subject that has become crucially important in our recent history.

Peter H. Smith is Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Notre Dame.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Global Politics and U.S.-Latin American Relations
The Imperial Era
The European Game
The Gospel of Democracy
Latin America: Responses to Imperialism
The Cold War
Closing Ranks and Making Friends
Crushing Enemies
Latin America: Fighting the Cold War
Decade of Uncertainty
Superpower Economics
Illicit Flows and Military Force
Latin America: In Quest of Alternatives
The War on Terror
George Bush and Latin America
Latin America: Exploring Unexpected Opportunities
Can There Be Policy Alternatives?
Conclusion: Structure and Change in U.S.-Latin American Relations
A Guide to Further Reading
Index

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