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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
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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 --
Establishing the need for improvement --
Uplifting begins : the War of 1898 --
Money doctors, democracy doctors, and marines --
Latin American opposition and the retreat from protectorates --
Pledging to be a good neighbor --
Breaking new ground : uplifting institutions --
To improve or not to improve? The Cold War question --Cuba determines the answer --
Losing panache, entrenching institutions --
The evolution from economic to political improvement --
Promoting good governance --
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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