By Greg Grandin
An eye-opening exam of Latin America's function as proving flooring for U.S. imperial ideas and tactics
In contemporary years, one e-book after one other has sought to take the degree of the Bush administration's competitive international coverage. of their look for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires in addition to postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan. but they regularly forget about the single position the place the U.S. had its so much formative imperial event: Latin America.
A incredible excavation of a long-obscured historical past, Empire's Workshop is the 1st publication to teach how Latin the United States has functioned as a laboratory for American extraterritorial rule. Historian Greg Grandin follows the us' imperial operations, from Thomas Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida, to Ronald Reagan's aid for brutally oppressive yet U.S.-friendly regimes in important the United States. He lines the origins of Bush's rules to Latin the US, the place the various administration's top lights—John Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich—first embraced the deployment of army strength to improve free-market economics and primary enlisted the evangelical circulation in help in their ventures.
With a lot of Latin the US now in open uprising opposed to U.S. domination, Grandin concludes with an important query: If Washington has didn't convey prosperity and democracy to Latin America—its personal yard "workshop"—what are the possibilities it is going to accomplish that for the realm?
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Extra info for Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism
Orbit. But as the 1800s wore on, the federal government increasingly took over the work of imperial expansion. By the mid-nineteenth century, the United States had incorporated nearly half of Mexico into its territory. S. economic interests. In 1898, the United States took Puerto Rico and the Philippines as colonies and Cuba as a protectorate and established a series of coaling stations and naval bases throughout the Caribbean. In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt teamed up with J. P. S. troops invaded Caribbean countries at least thirty-four times, occupied Honduras, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica for short periods, and remained in Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic for longer stays.
Includes index. ISBN-13 : 978-0-8050-7738-4 ISBN-10: 0-8050-7738-3 1. Latin America—Relations—United States. 2. United States—Relations—Latin America. 3. Americans—Latin America—History. 4. United States—Foreign relations—2001—Philosophy. 5. Imperialism. I. Title. 320973—dc22 2005056125 HENRY HOLT BOOKS ARE AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL PROMOTIONS AND PREMIUMS. FOR DETAILS CONTACT: DIRECTOR, SPECIAL MARKETS. FIRST EDITION 2006 DESIGNED BY MERYL SUSSMAN LEVAVI PRINTE D IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2 For Manu I kept my workshop of filthy creation: my eyeballs were starting from their sockets in attending to the details of my employment.
The third chapter considers how the rehabilitation of unconventional warfare doctrine in El Salvador and Nicaragua by militarists in and around the Reagan White House laid the groundwork for today’s offensive military posture. Here, the human costs of this resurgence of militarism will be addressed. ” The crescendo of carnage that overwhelmed Central America in the 1980s not only gives the lie to such a legacy but highlights the inescapable violence of empire. The fourth chapter turns to the imperial home front, examining how the Reagan administration first confronted and then began to solve the domestic crisis of authority generated by Vietnam and Watergate.
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin