Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles The United States and Latin America Since 1945

ISBN-10: 1574888765

ISBN-13: 9781574888768

Edition: 2006

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Over the last sixty years, the relationship between the United States and Latin America has been marred by ideological conflict, imbalances of power, and economic disparity. The U.S.-sponsored coup in Guatemala, the near lynching of Vice President Richard Nixon in Venezuela, and the disastrous Bay of Pigs invasion are a few reminders of the sometimes dramatic confrontations between North and South. Yet this relationship has also been characterized by accelerating economic and cultural interdependence that is significantly altering the old paradigm of U.S. hegemony and Latin American resistance. Alan McPherson uses multinational sources to survey and analyze the history of this relationship. Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles reflects the most up-to-date research on state-to-state interactions and recognizes the influence of culture and non-state actors on international relations. Major topics include the debate over economic dependency, the U.S. response to revolutions in Latin America during the Cold War, military interventions and covert operations, human rights, migration, the North American Free Trade Agreement and economic integration, the Iran-Contra affair, the war on drugs, and Latinos in the United States. The author's concise narrative and selection of primary-source documents offer an ideal introduction to U.S.-Latin American relations for students and for anyone with an interest in understanding the dynamic interplay between these hemispheric neighbors.
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List price: $21.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Potomac Books, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.67" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Alan L. McPherson is Associate Professor of Internatioal and Area Studies, University of Oklahoma.

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Series Editor's Note
Introduction: Unequal Interdependence
Chills: Cold War, Dictatorship, and Rising Expectations, 1945-58
Blowbacks: Anti-U.S. Sentiment, Socialism, and U.S. Gunboats, 1959-69
Dirty Wars: Industrialization, Human Rights, and the Violence of Poverty, 1970-80
Wreckages: Proxy Wars, Debt, and Defiant Strongmen, 1981-90
Transnationalisms: Neoliberalism, Drugs, and Latina America, 1991-2005
Conclusion: Food for Thought
Appendix of Documents
Spruille Braden and the State Department: The Blue Book on Argentina, 1946
Roy R. Rubottom Jr.: Communism in the Americas, 1958
Juscelino Kubitschek: Operation Pan-America, 1958
John F. Kennedy: Announcing the Alliance for Progress, 1961
Alberto Lleras: Report on the Alliance for Progress, 1963
Thomas Mann: Against an Invasion of Cuba, 1961
John F. Kennedy and Advisors: Discussing Options Against Missiles in Cuba, October 16, 1962
Fidel Castro to Nikita Khrushchev: Warning of a U.S. Invasion, October 26, 1962
Nikita Khrushchev to Fidel Castro: Remaining Calm Against U.S. Aggression, October 28, 1962
Senator William Fulbright: Criticizing the U.S. Intervention in the Dominican Crisis, 1965
Henry Kissinger and Cesar Augusto Guzzetti: Advising the Argentine Military on Dealing With Dissent, 1976
Nelson Rockefeller: Reporting on the Americas, 1969
Jimmy Carter: Loosening Tensions With Cuba, 1977
Gustavo Guiterrez: Liberation Theology, 1971
Daniel Ortega: The Sandinistas' Relationship With the United States, Interview, 1997
John Negroponte: Soviet Intervention in Central America, Interview, 1997
The Santa Fe Commission: Renewing the Cold War in Latin America, 1980
CIA: Secret Cable on a Guatemalan Massacre, 1981
Iran-Contra Report: Findings, Indictments, and Pardons, 1993
Clinton White House: Answering Critics of NAFTA, 1993
Rigoberta Menchu: Indigenous Activism and Guatemala, Interview, 1992
Foreign Ministers of the Americas: Diversity and Civil Society in the FTAA, 2003
Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Democracy, Poverty, and Women's Activism, 1996
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