Tangled Destinies: Latin America and the United States

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UNM Press, 1999 - History - 289 pages
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An imbalance of power and a sense of unresolved tension have long plagued relations between the United States and Latin America. This book offers an important new synthesis of that complex relationship by studying how actions and policies of the United States have been interpreted and played out in Latin America.

Beginning with the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, the United States unilaterally asserted its right to protect the hemisphere against foreign intervention. But what began as a policy boldly proclaiming hemispheric security soon led to direct intervention by the United States in political, economic, and military matters throughout Latin America. Meddling by the United States resulted in deep-seated antagonisms that have adversely impacted U.S.-Latin American relations for over 150 years.

Don Coerver and Linda Hall draw on their expertise in modern Latin American history to present U.S. policies in light of their impact on these countries. They help readers understand the issues that have defined and divided nations of the Western Hemisphere from the 1820s to the present. Events since 1940 are the focus of more than half the book, including the Cuban Revolution and missile crisis; negotiations in the 1970s over turnover of the Panama Canal; wars in Central America in the 1980s; and in the 1990s, the impact of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) on relations with Mexico and the effects of the so-called war on drugs throughout the Americas.

  

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Contents

The Colony and the New Nation to 1848
1
Regional Power and Emerging Imperialism 18481898
24
The Era of Intervention 18981920
46
World Power and Regional Concerns 19201945
74
Cold War and Social Revolution 19451968
104
From Detente to the Debt Crisis 19681988
135
After the Cold War 19881999
177
The Latino Diaspora in the United States
196
The Drug Connection
217
The Issues Before Us
237

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Don Coerver is a widely published specialist in the modern history of Latin America. He is professor of history and associate dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Texas Christian University.

Linda Hall is a widely published specialist in the modern history of Latin America at the University of New Mexico.

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