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4896 - The U.S. Response to Revolution in Latin America

During the Cold War (1945-1989), the United States repeatedly intervened in Latin America and sought to destabilize numerous governments, including Argentina, Brazil, British Guiana (Guyana), Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, and Nicaragua. Drawing on my new book, The Killing Zone: United States Wages Cold War in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2011), I will analyze these various interventions and assess the various explanations offered to explain them--anticommunism, fear of economic nationalism, sphere of influence politics, racism, traditional hegemony, etc.

Keywords: anticommunism, Cold War, counterinsurgency, covert, Intervention

Author: Rabe, Stephen (University of Texas at Dallas, Ud States of Am / USA)

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