Initially a dispute over the future of Europe, it grew to include confrontations around the world. Roosevelt assured the American people that any thought of a breakup of the wartime alliance with the Soviet Union was simply Nazi propaganda:
Successive administrations in Washington involved themselves in the domestic affairs of every Latin American state, attempting either to strengthen cooperative governments or to weaken ones that demonstrated geopolitical independence.
While repeated interventions, in themselves, suggest that the US government may not have used its power responsibly, the greater problem is that fears about political reliability consistently trumped concerns about democracy, human rights, and economic development.
These fears led policymakers in Washington to embrace a long list of brutal dictators and to engage in covert backing for insurgent groups and military cabals dedicated to overthrowing established governments.
There are exceptions to this unpleasant history, but periods of genuine respect in Washington for Latin American independence were few and far between.
Others have argued that, while Cuba was deeply troubling, the United States operated simply as a traditional imperial state, attempting to ensure it retained political and economic control over its weaker neighbors. This idea is often expanded beyond discussions of US political, military, or economic engagement to focus on cultural penetration and to explain that the importation of items such as films, music, and even cartoons operated alongside other types of imperialism.
These last types of studies, which look more intently at Latin American societies than at US government decision-making, are just one piece of the scholarship on the Cold War in Latin America.
Because of the importance of the Cold War in Latin America and its impact on the totality of political, economic, social, and cultural developments, it may be possible to argue that essentially any book written about Latin America from the end of World War II to the late s might be considered Cold War history.
Because exploring the totality of that literature is not possible or practical in one essay, this bibliography will focus on the substantial scholarship that explores concrete US efforts to fight the Cold War in the region, and the responses to those efforts.
It will consider works specifically part of the subfield of US—Latin American relations, which is part of the larger history of US international history. Said differently, if only for practical purposes, this bibliography will try to draw a distinction between scholarship on the internal Cold War in Latin America and scholarship on US—Latin American relations during the Cold War period.
General Overviews The large number of broad survey texts is, in part, a function of the relative popularity of US—Latin American history courses on university campuses. These books can be divided into three subgroups: While these are broad categories, they are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
All the texts in this section attempt to provide some of the broad narrative required for introductions to the field. Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content on this page.
Please subscribe or login. How to Subscribe Oxford Bibliographies Online is available by subscription and perpetual access to institutions. For more information or to contact an Oxford Sales Representative click here.The Cold War was a twentieth-century conflict between the United States of America (U.S.), the Soviet Union (USSR), and their respective allies over political, economic, and military issues, often described as a struggle between capitalism and communism—but the issues were actually far grayer than that.
Historians have recently begun to look more closely at how the political and military challenges during the Cold War influenced social life and material culture. Overall, the social keynote of the times was high anxiety.
Throughout the period, debates over various solutions to social problems centered on what was "truly American." This. The proceeds of your subscription will support American history education in K–12 classrooms worldwide. U.S History Since (final) Chapters STUDY.
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foreign policy during the s? Which of the following is true about life in the United States during the cold war? Sometimes foreign policy issues were decisive factors in the outcome of the vote, How did the Cold War transform American foreign policy? Both countries had their own ideas as to how things should have been during the period after the war.
The United States envisioned the “One World” concept. (Anderson , pp. ) That all. Détente was a more sophisticated and less belligerent way of waging the Cold War, rather than an alternative to it.” Some of the factors that contributed to the rise of Détente included: An American cartoon depicting the superpower relation during detente.
Fears about nuclear weapons.