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Anti-americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean

Edited by Alan McPherson

316 pages, 15 illus., 4 tables, bibliog, index

ISBN  978-1-84545-141-7 $120.00/£75.00 Hb Published (March 2006)

ISBN  978-1-84545-142-4 $34.95/£22.00 Pb Published (March 2006)

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”…an excellent collection…Like any good collection, the articles raise as many questions as they answer…[that] highlight the value of the collection for use in undergraduate courses on Latin American history, inter-American relations or U.S. foreign policy. Liberal use of appropriate political cartoons adds spice to the readings.”  ·  Hispanic American Historical Review

“….a very interesting collection of nine original essays, plus an extensive introduction by the editor…[whose]concluding remarks leave room for future debates.. [It] could help undergraduate students in many disciplines, from international relations and American Studies to history and geopolitics…[It] must be seen as a fundamental addendum to any bibliography on the study of anti-Americanism.”  ·  The Latin Americanist

“This volume addresses an important topic and does so very effectively. All of the essays take on a high level of quality. All the essays are well written and well researched. They also show a high level of methodological and conceptual sophistication. They effectively deal with uniformities and differences in manifestations of anti-Americanism from time to time and from place to place.”  ·  Mark Gilderhus, Texas Christian University

“…the collection succeeds in generating a number of stimulating explorations of anti-Americanism, providing an important starting point for further re-examination of a phenomenon that continues to grow in significance in the contemporary global environment.”  ·  Journal of Latin American Studies

Whether rising up from fiery leaders such as Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s Fidel Castro or from angry masses of Brazilian workers and Mexican peasants, anti U.S. sentiment in Latin America and the Caribbean today is arguably stronger than ever. It is also a threat to U.S. leadership in the hemisphere and the world. Where has this resentment come from? Has it arisen naturally from imperialism and globalization, from economic and social frustrations? Has it served opportunistic politicians? Does Latin America have its own style of anti Americanism? What about national variations? How does cultural anti Americanism affect politics, and vice versa? What roles have religion, literature, or cartoons played in whipping up sentiment against ‘el yanqui’? Finally, how has the United States reacted to all this?

This book brings leaders in the field of U.S. Latin American relations together with the most promising young scholars to shed historical light on the present implications of hostility to the United States in Latin America and the Caribbean. In essays that carry the reader from Revolutionary Mexico to Peronist Argentina, from Panama in the nineteenth century to the West Indies’ mid century independence movement, and from Colombian drug runners to liberation theologists, the authors unearth little known campaigns of resistance and probe deeper into episodes we thought we knew well. They argue that, for well over a century, identifying the United States as the enemy has rung true to Latin Americans and has translated into compelling political strategies. Combining history with political and cultural analysis, this collection breaks the mold of traditional diplomatic history by seeing anti Americanism through the eyes of those who expressed it. It makes clear that anti Americanism, far from being a post 9/11 buzzword, is rather a real force that casts a long shadow over U.S. Latin American relations.

Alan McPherson teaches history at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He is the author of Yankee No! Anti Americanism in U.S. Latin American Relations (2003). He is at work on a survey of U.S. Latin American relations since 1945 and on a study of Caribbean anti U.S. movements from 1912 to 1934.

Series: Volume 3, Explorations in Culture and International History
Subject: General History
Area: Latin America North America

LC: F1418 .A635 2006

BL: YC.2006.a.15056

BISAC: HIS024000 HISTORY/Latin America/General; HIS036000 HISTORY/United States/General; POL000000 POLITICAL SCIENCE/General

BIC: HBJ Regional & national history; JPSL Geopolitics


List of Abbreviations
List of Illustrations
List of Tables

Introduction: Antiyanquismo: Nascent Scholarship, Ancient Sentiments
Alan McPherson


Chapter 1. Redefining Intervention: Mexico’s Contribution to Anti-Americanism
John A. Britton

Chapter 2. “Bradenism” and Beyond: Argentine Anti-Americanism, 1945–1953
Glenn J. Dorn

Chapter 3. Patriotism and Petroleum: Anti-Americanism in Venezuela from Gómez to Chávez
Darlene Rivas

Chapter 4. The Making of an Economic Anti-American: Eduardo Frei and Chile during the 1960s
Jeffrey F. Taffet

Chapter 5. Battle for the Heart of the Heavyweight: Anti-Americanism in Brazil
Kirk Bowman


Chapter 6. Diaspora against Empire: Apprehension, Expectation, and West Indian Anti-Americanism, 1937–1945
Jason Parker

Chapter 7. Contrasting Hostilities of Dependent Societies: Panama and Cuba versus the United States
Alan McPherson

Chapter 8. Option for the Poor: Liberation Theology and Anti-Americanization
David Ryan


Chapter 9. The United States, Colombia, and Drug Policy, 1984–2004: A Study of Quiet Anti-Americanism
William O. Walker III

Conclusion: Common Findings and New Directions
Alan McPherson

List of Contributors

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