In from the Cold Latin America's New Encounter with the Cold War

ISBN-10: 0822341212

ISBN-13: 9780822341215

Edition: 2008

Authors: Gilbert M. Joseph, Daniela Spenser

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Over the last decade, studies of the Cold War have mushroomed globally. Unfortunately, work on Latin America has not been well represented in either theoretical or empirical discussions of the broader conflict. With some notable exceptions, studies have proceeded in rather conventional channels, focusing on U.S. policy objectives and high-profile leaders (Fidel Castro) and events (the Cuban Missile Crisis), drawing largely on U.S. government sources. Moreover, only rarely have U.S. foreign relations scholars engaged productively with Latin American historians who analyze how the international conflict transformed the region's political, social, and cultural life. Representing a collaboration among eleven North American, Latin American, and European historians, anthropologists, and political scientists, this volume attempts to facilitate such a cross-fertilization. In the process, "In From the Cold" shifts the focus of attention away from the bipolar conflict, the preoccupation of much of the so-called new Cold War history, in order to showcase research, discussion, and an array of new archival and oral sources centering on the grassroots, where conflicts actually brewed. The collection's contributors examine international and everyday contests over political power and cultural representation, focusing on communities and groups above and underground; on state houses and diplomatic board rooms manned by Latin American and international governing elites; on the relations among states regionally; and, less frequently, on the dynamics between the two great superpowers themselves. In addition to charting new directions for research on the Latin American Cold War, "In Fromthe Cold" seeks to contribute more generally to an understanding of the conflict in the global south. "Contributors," Ariel C. Armony, Steven J. Bachelor, Thomas S. Blanton, Seth Fein, Piero Gleijeses, Gilbert M. Joseph, Victoria Langland, Carlota McAllister, Stephen Pitti, Daniela Spenser, Eric Zolov
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 1/11/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386

New Approaches, Debates, and Sources
What We Now Know and Should Know: Bringing Latin America More Meaningfully into Cold War Studies
Recovering the Memory of the Cold War: Forensic History and Latin America
Latin America between the Superpowers: International Realpolitik, the Ideology of the State, and the "Latin Americanization" of the Conflict
The Caribbean Crisis: Catalyst for Soviet Projection in Latin America
The View from Havana: Lessons from Cuba's African Journey, 1959-1976
Transnationalizing the Dirty War: Argentina in Central America
Everyday Contests over Culture and Representation in the Latin American Cold War
Producing the Cold War in Mexico: The Public Limits of Covert Communications
Cuba si, Yanquis no! The Sacking of the Instituto Cultural Mexico-Norteamericano in Morelia, Michoacan, 1961
Miracle on Ice: Industrial Workers and the Promise of Americanization in Cold War Mexico
Chicano Cold Warriors: Cesar Chavez, Mexican American Politics, and California Farmworkers
Birth Control Pills and Molotov Cocktails: Reading Sex and Revolution in 1968 Brazil
Rural Markets, Revolutionary Souls, and Rebellious Women in Cold War Guatemala
Final Reflections
Standing Conventional Cold War History on Its Head
Selective Bibliography
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