Beyond the Eagle's Shadow: New Histories of Latin America's Cold War

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Virginia Garrard-Burnett, Mark Atwood Lawrence, Julio E. Moreno
UNM Press, Dec 15, 2013 - Political Science - 352 pages
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The dominant tradition in writing about U.S.–Latin American relations during the Cold War views the United States as all-powerful. That perspective, represented in the metaphor “talons of the eagle,” continues to influence much scholarly work down to the present day. The goal of this collection of essays is not to write the United States out of the picture but to explore the ways Latin American governments, groups, companies, organizations, and individuals promoted their own interests and perspectives.

The book also challenges the tendency among scholars to see the Cold War as a simple clash of “left” and “right.” In various ways, several essays disassemble those categories and explore the complexities of the Cold War as it was experienced beneath the level of great-power relations.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
CocaCola US Diplomacy and the Cold War in Americas Backyard
21
Military Factionalism and the Consolidation of Power in 1960s Guatemala
51
Season of Storms The United States and the Caribbean Contest for a New Political Order 19581961
76
Counterrevolution in the Caribbean The CIA and Cuban Commandos in the 1960s
103
Don Lázaro Rises Again Heated Rhetoric Cold Warfare and the 1961 Latin American Peace Conference
129
From Ploughshares to Politics Transformations in Rural Brazil during the Cold War and Its Aftermath
150
The Indian Wing Nicaraguan Indians Native American Activists and US Foreign Policy 19791990
175
The Other Dirty War Cleaning Up Buenos Aires during the Last Dictatorship 19761983
226
Restoring All Things in Christ Social Catholicism Urban Workers and the Cold War in Guatemala
251
The Evolution of Narcoterrorism From the Cold War to the War on Drugs
281
The Paradox of Latin American Cold War Studies
307
Contributors
321
Index
325
Back Cover
342
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Doctors Within Borders Cuban Medical Diplomacy to Sandinista Nicaragua 19791990
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Virginia Garrard-Burnett is professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. Her most recent book is Terror in the Land of the Holy Spirit: Guatemala under General Efraín Ríos Montt, 1982–1983.

Mark Atwood Lawrence is associate professor of history and distinguished scholar at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin. His most recent book is The Vietnam War: A Concise International History.

Julio Moreno, associate professor of history at the University of San Francisco, is the author of Yankee Don’t Go Home!: Mexican Nationalism, American Business Culture, and the Shaping of Modern Mexico, 1920–1950.

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