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The Third Century : U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1889 - Mark T. Gilderhus

The Third Century

U.S.-Latin American Relations since 1889

Paperback Published: 5th January 2017
ISBN: 9781442257160
Number Of Pages: 336
For Ages: 18+ years old

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This completely revised and updated text focuses on U.S. relations with Latin America from the advent of the New Diplomacy late in the nineteenth century to the present. Providing a balanced perspective, it presents both the U.S. view that the Western Hemisphere needed to unite under a common democratic, capitalistic society and Latin American countries’ response to U.S. attempts to impose these goals on its southern neighbors. The authors examine the reciprocal interactions between the two regions, each with distinctive purposes, outlooks, interests, and cultures. They also place U.S.–Latin American relations within the larger global political and economic context.

The first edition of this book, Gilderhus's The Second Century, has been a respected standard treatment of US-Latin American relations since its publication in 1999. After the author's death in 2015, historians LaFevor and LaRosa proposed a revised and updated edition. They have respected Gilderhus's work, maintained his standards, and left most of his prose intact, and their contributions have made this an excellent new edition. The authors have updated the chapter on Cuba, added a chapter that demonstrates changes in the post-Cold War relationship, updated the bibliography, added a photo section (most are LaFevor's photos from Cuba and Mexico), and included a brief historiographical essay as a preface. The final chapter broadens Gilderhus's traditional diplomatic approach. It includes a section on trade (and NAFTA in particular) and one on sources of conflict between Latin America and the US, as Gilderhus did, but it also investigates cultural cross-fertilization. As the Hispanic population of the US has increased, Latin American cuisine, literature, music, sports (soccer and Latin players in Major League baseball), and movies have traveled north as regularly as US influence travels to Latin America. A worthy successor to the first edition.

Summing Up: Highly recommended. Most levels/libraries. * CHOICE *
The Third Century is written by two top scholars, and it shows. It is one of the best overviews of U.S.-Latin American relations available and a fine tribute to the author of the original edition, Mark Gilderhus. It combines the best of the old and new scholarship and is spiced up by an excellent choice of quotes from primary sources. Both undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from reading this new edition. -- Jim Siekmeier, West Virginia University
This superbly updated edition of the late Mark Gilderhus's acclaimed The Second Century retains the skillfully explained essence and nuances of U.S.-Latin American relations since 1889, while incorporating significant new material and interpretations. The discussion of cultural dynamics, the environment, and immigration in inter-American relations as well as reminders about the legacy of older problems (for example, U.S.-Cuban relations) provide a nice balance and make the volume valuable for both undergraduate and graduate students. -- Lester D. Langley, emeritus, University of Georgia
LaFevor and LaRosa make a vital contribution to the increasingly important field of U.S. relations with Latin America. They not only preserve the original insights and graceful writing of the late Mark Gilderhus's seminal work, but by updating and adding their own careful research they continue his legacy as one of the most important voices in the study of the tumultuous and often-misunderstood encounters between the United States and its neighbors to the south. -- Michael Krenn, Appalachian State University

Acknowledgements Dedication Preface to the Second Edition Introduction to the First Edition Chapter 1: Expansion, Empire and Intervention, 1889-1913 Chapter 2: Revolution, War and Expansion, 1913-1929 Chapter 3: Depression, War and the Good Neighbor, 1929-1945 Chapter 4: Cold War, Dependency and Change, 1945-1959 Photo Essay Chapter 5: Castro, Cuba and Containment, 1959-1979 Chapter 6: Cuba, the United States, and the World: From Mariel to Obama Chapter 7: The Limits of Hegemony? 1979-c.1990 Chapter 8: Nafta to Now in Three Keys: Commerce, Conflict and Culture Conclusion Bibliography Index About the Authors

ISBN: 9781442257160
ISBN-10: 1442257164
Series: Latin American Silhouettes (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 5th January 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 15.24  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised