The United States and Latin America presents a complex and dynamic view of
the relationship between the United States and Latin America. Through a
combination of targeted, thematic chapters and a range of freshly-translated
documents, Jeffrey F. Taffet and Dustin Walcher illuminate the historical
continuities and conflicts that have defined the vital relationship. Giving
equal weight to Latin American and United States voices, this text provides
an essential collection of primary sources for students and scholars, and is
an indispensable touchstone for anyone interested in the histories of the
United States and Latin America.
Chapter One: The Nineteenth Century Context
Chapter Two: Boundaries, War and the Canal
Chapter Three: Interventions, Occupations and Commerce
Chapter Four: Cultural Encounters
Chapter Five: Challenging the United States
Chapter Six: Depression and Global Conflict
Chapter Seven: Renewed Intervention and Revolution
Chapter Eight: Modernization and Militarization
Chapter Nine: Evolving Cultural Connections
Chapter Ten: Latin American Nationalism and Independence
Chapter Eleven: Morality and Anti-Communism
Chapter Twelve: The Washington Consensus and Beyond
Chapter Thirteen: In a Globalized World
This excellent collection of documents is certain to become the most-used such reader around. Not only are the documents well chosen, the brief editorial introduction to each chapter puts it in historical context. At least half of the documents are Latin American, which is refreshing since often it is the reverse. Both students and experts in the field will benefit from this fine edited collection.
- James Siekmeier is Associate Professor of History at West Virginia University
Taffet and Walcher strike a perfect balance between depth of analysis and efficiency of information. Their choices of primary sources are innovative and should spark engaging classroom discussions.
- Renata Keller, University of Nevada, Reno and author of Mexico's Cold War: Cuba, the United States, and the Legacy of the Mexican Revolution.
This superb collection of introductory chapters and documents provides a much-needed resource for any course on U.S. relations with Latin America. Brilliantly combining primary sources from both the United States and Latin American countries, the book will surely become an invaluable text for any student interested in this topic and will encourage a new generation of scholars to embrace the importance of international research.
Bevan Sewell is Assistant Professor in American History at the University of Nottingham