The Dominican Republic and the United States: From Imperialism to Transnationalism

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University of Georgia Press, Jan 1, 1998 - History - 293 pages
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This study of the political, economic, and sociocultural relationship between the Dominican Republic and the United States follows its evolution from the middle of the nineteenth century to the mid-1990s. It deals with the interplay of these dimensions from each country's perspective and in both private and public interactions.

From the U.S. viewpoint, important issues include interpretation of the rise and fall of the Dominican Republic's strategic importance, the legacy of military intervention and occupation, the problem of Dominican dictatorship and instability, and vacillating U.S. efforts to "democratize" the country. From the Dominican perspective, the essential themes involve foreign policies adopted from a position of relative weakness, ambivalent love-hate views toward the United States, emphasis on economic interests and the movement of Dominicans between the two countries, international political isolation, the adversarial relationship with neighboring Haiti, and the legacy of dictatorship and the uneven evolution of a Dominican-style democratic system.

The Dominican Republic and the United States is the eleventh book in The United States and the Americas series, volumes suitable for classroom use.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
United States Imperialism
37
The Trujillo Regime Nonintervention
65
The Trujillo Regime and the Cold War
86
The PostTrujillo Aftermath 19611966
119
The Balaguer Regime 19661978
150
Dominican Democratization 19781986
171
The Second Balaguer Regime 19861996
200
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About the author (1998)

G. Pope Atkins is Research Fellow, Institute of Latin American Studies, at the University of Texas, Austin, and is a professor of political science, emeritus, at the U.S. Naval Academy. He has written several books, including Latin America in the International Political System. Larman C. Wilson is a professor of international relations, emeritus, at American University in Washington, D.C. He is the coauthor of Latin American Foreign Policies: An Analysis.

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