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United States-Latin American Relations, 1800-1850, United States-Latin American Relations, 1800-1850, 0817304827, 0-8173-0482-7, 978-0-8173-0482-9, 9780817304829, , , United States-Latin American Relations, 1800-1850, 0817352732, 0-8173-5273-2, 978-0-8173-5273-8, 9780817352738,

United States-Latin American Relations, 1800-1850
The Formative Generations
Edited by T. Ray Shurbutt

Quality Paper
2005. 344 pp.
Price:  $34.95 s

Relations between the United States and the countries of Latin America have been characterized by misunderstandings based on language and culture, a lack of sustained commitment on the part of the United States, and, in some cases, incompetent diplomats. During the era when many of the Latin American countries discarded the yoke of colonial status, the young United States attempted to define itself culturally, economically, constitutionally, geographically, and diplomatically. As Latin American emerged from the crucible of revolution and international power politics, it was affected by—and in varying degrees affected—the United States and its desired position of leadership in the Western Hemisphere.

To make sense of these relationships, this volume concentrates on Central America, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico. Describing the particular paths taken by each of the formation of relations with the United States, Shurbutt and his colleagues focus on the American diplomatic community and its effectiveness in tense political situations.

 Contributors in addition to the editor include Lawrence A. Clayton, Paul B. Goodwin, Eugene R. Huck, Phil Brian Johnson, Edward H. Moseley, Wesley P. Newton, Charles S. Stansifer, and Robert Kim Stevens.

T. Ray Shurbutt is Professor of History and Coordinator of Latin American Studies at Georgia Southern University.

"This collection surveys U.S. relations with Central America, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, and Chile during the first half of the 19th century, [and] the detailed country-by-country analysis serves well to demonstrate patterns in early U.S. diplomacy."--Choice

"This collection reveals the role of personalities in U.S.–Latin American relations (most often U.S. diplomats, but also Latin American politicians and diplomats), the recurring issue of trade and trade treaties, the inescapable role of European nations in early 19th-century Latin America, [and] the repeated reference to ideology; the essays convey bilateral narratives."--The Americas


"Judiciously written . . . fresh and well-documented essays."--Journal of American History

“A clearly focused collection of essays by well-established scholars that contributes positively to understanding early United States policy in Latin America.” –Ralph Lee Woodward, Jr., Tulane University