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In their own best interest : a history of the U.S. effort to improve Latin Americans

Author: Lars Schoultz
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
In this book, Lars Schoultz explores the culture of "improvement" that defines the attitudes and values shaping all United States policies towards Latin America in the past and present. Schoultz's aim is to find the sources of this political and intellectual culture which has informed our relations with our southern neighbors and which continues to do so despite its faulty premises and its failure to effect change  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lars Schoultz
ISBN: 9780674984141 0674984145
OCLC Number: 1020313141
Description: 392 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: Altruists and realists --
Latin Americans' need for improvement --
"Hard" uplifting begins --
"Hard" uplifting becomes normal: dollar diplomacy --
Latin Americans resist: no protectorates --
Latin Americans resist: no intervention --
"Soft" uplifting begins: the Good Neighbor years --
Latin Americans rebuffed: the early Cold War --
Uplifting's golden years, 1959-1964 --
Soft uplifting becomes normal: the later Cold War --
From economic to political uplifting --
Good governance in the twenty-first century --
Conclusion: Whose best interests?.
Responsibility: Lars Schoultz.
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For over a century the U.S. has "improved" the peoples of Latin America by promoting everything from representative democracy and economic development to oral hygiene. How did this paternalistic  Read more...
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Schoultz's outstanding book does a monumental job of tracing Washington's compulsion to improve our Latin American neighbors, whether they like it or not. Schoultz's extraordinary account of U.S. Read more...

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