ABC-CLIO

Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America

by Alan McPherson, Editor

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July 2013

ABC-CLIO

Pages 804
Volumes 2
Size 7x10
Topics Military History/Conflict and Wars

This unique reference shows how the United States has intervened militarily, politically, and economically in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean from the early 19th century to the present day.

What do baseball, American war crimes, and a slice of watermelon have in common in the annals of Latin American history? Believe it or not, this disparate grouping reflects the cultural and historical remnants of America's military and political involvement in the region. As early as 1811, the United States began intervening in the affairs of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean ... and it hasn't stopped since. This compelling reference analyzes both the major interventions and minor conflicts stemming from our nation's military operations in these areas and examines the people, places, legislation, and strategies that contributed to these events.

In addition to documented facts and figures, the alphabetically organized entries in Encyclopedia of U.S. Military Interventions in Latin America present fascinating anecdotes on the subject, including why the United States once invaded Panama over a slice of watermelon, how an intervention in Nicaragua landed our country on trial for war crimes, and how the popularity of baseball in Latin America is a direct result of American influence. Primary source documents and visual aids accompany the content.

Features

  • Covers all acts of involvement by the United States in Latin American affairs, including proxy wars, spying, and economic coercion
  • Contributions from leading military experts and historians from across the globe
  • Presents a timeline of significant events involving the region
  • Includes important tables and charts for additional reinforcement
Author Info

Alan McPherson, PhD, is professor of international and area studies and ConocoPhillips Chair of Latin American Studies at the University of Oklahoma. His published works include Yankee No! Anti-Americanism in U.S.-Latin American Relations; Intimate Ties, Bitter Struggles: The United States and Latin America since 1945; and Anti-Americanism in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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"In addition to documented facts and figures, the alphabetically organized entries present fascinating anecdotes on the subject, including why the USA once invaded Panama over a slice of watermelon, how an intervention in Nicaragua landed the USA on trial for war crimes and how the popularity of baseball in Latin America is a direct result of American influence."Reference Reviews

"McPherson provides the reader with a compelling and detailed analysis of everything on this topic, including people, places, events, strategies, and adventurers and misadventures."ARBA

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