Capturing the revolution : the United States, Central America, and Nicaragua, 1961-1972
- Michael D. Gambone.
- Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2001.
- Physical description
- xiv, 274 p. ; 24 cm.
- Gambone, Michael D., 1963-
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -269) and index.
Focuses on the nature of revolution as it affected Latin America in the 1960s and the efforts designed to counteract or coopt this challenge through the Alliance for Progress. At the start of the 1960s, revolution challenged the established world order. In every corner of the underdeveloped world, discontent with the status quo fueled attempts to revoke colonialism and the strangleholds on power maintained by entrenched local oligarchies. This book examines the causes of revolution in the sixties and the various responses crafted to stop it, in particular, the Alliance for Progress, a program which represented the best products of American developmental and counterinsurgency theory. Equally important, however, is an examination of the independent policies implemented by Latin Americans themselves, often in direct opposition to those pursued by the U.S. For the United States the period represented a challenge to both its sovereignty and its leadership in the so-called "Free World." Perhaps more importantly, the disruptions blanketing the globe also pointed out the dramatic weaknesses of an American policy dominated by preparations for thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union. For Latin America, revolution challenged national stability and, in the cases of the regimes it was directed against, their very survival.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Alliance for Progress.
- Revolutions > Latin America > History > 20th century.
- Latin America > Politics and government > 1948-1980.
- Latin America > Foreign relations > United States.
- United States > Foreign relations > Latin America.
- Central America > Politics and government > 1951-1979.
- Nicaragua > Politics and government > 1937-1979.
- Publication date
- 0275965945 (alk. paper)
- 0275973050 (pbk. : alk. paper)
- 9780275965945 (alk. paper)
- 9780275973056 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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