A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean
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A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean presents a concise account of the full sweep of U.S. military invasions and interventions in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from 1800 up to the present day. Engages in debates about the economic, military, political, and cultural motives that shaped U.S. interventions in Cuba, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, and elsewhere Deals with incidents that range from the taking of Florida to the Mexican War, the War of 1898, the Veracruz incident of 1914, the Bay of Pigs, and the 1989 invasion of Panama Features also the responses of Latin American countries to U.S. involvement Features unique coverage of 19th century interventions as well as 20th century incidents, and includes a series of helpful maps and illustrations
Series Editor’s Preface viii Acknowledgments x List of Illustrations xi Introduction: Topic and Themes 1 1 Expanding the Continental Republic, 1811–1897 10 2 The Cuban Crucible: Experiments in Overseas Empire, 1898–1922 34 3 Monopolizing the Central American Isthmus, 1903–1926 55 4 Wilsonian Interventions, 1913–1919 72 5 Accommodation and Resistance, 1917–1930 95 6 From Occupier to Good Neighbor, 1921–1936 115 7 Warding Off Global Ideologies, 1935–1954 133 8 Containing Revolution, 1959–1990 148 9 Identifying Post?]Cold War Political Threats, 1986–2016 172 Conclusion: Multitudes of Interventions 194 Bibliography 202 Index 209
Alan McPherson is Professor of International and Area Studies, ConocoPhillips Chair in Latin American Studies, and Director of the Center for the Americas at the University of Oklahoma. He has published eight books, including the prize-winning Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations (2003) and The Invaded: How Latin Americans and their Allies Fought and Ended U.S. Occupations (2014).
Since its early days, the United States has intervened hundreds of times in the affairs of Latin American countries—from spying and proxy wars to major military invasions. Interventions range from direct self-interest -- annexing Spanish and Mexican territory, or protecting U.S.-owned plantations and canals in Central America—to activities more generally oriented toward spreading U.S.-style democracy -- training Latin American fighters to topple leftist governments, taking down strongmen in Panama and Haiti, and fighting drug cartels. A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean presents a concise account of the full sweep of U.S. military interventions in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from 1800 up to the present day. For each era, author Alan McPherson looks at five elements -- causes, consequences, contestation, collaboration, and context— to shed light on the economic, military, political, and cultural issues that have shaped U.S.-Latin America relations. McPherson also gives voice to the many Latin Americans who resisted U.S. intervention—as well as to those who may have invited or accommodated it. The larger historical sweep of European colonization, westward expansion, the World Wars, the Cold War, and post-Cold War anxieties provides crucial background to these events. Engaging and thought-provoking, A Short History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean is an eye-opening compilation of two centuries of an important aspect of the history of the Americas.
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