The Last Years of the Monroe Doctrine, 1945-1993

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Macmillan, Nov 30, 1995 - History - 280 pages
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When President Monroe issued his 1823 doctrine on U.S. policy in the Western Hemisphere, it quickly became as sacred to Americans as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. But in the years after World War II - notably in Guatemala in 1954, in Brazil in 1963, in Chile in 1973, and in El Salvador in the 1980s - our government's policy of supporting repressive regimes in Central and South America hastened the death of the very doctrine that had been invoked to protect us in the Cold War, by associating its application with torture squads, murder, and the denial of the very democratic ideals the Monroe Doctrine was intended to protect. Gaddis Smith's measured but devastating account is essential reading for all those who care how the United States behaves in the world arena."This epilogue to well-known history of Monroe Doctrine is a provocative interpretation of how US presidents resolved policy contradiction of accepting Soviet presence in the Caribbean while reaffirming tenets of Monroe Doctrine"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.
 

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THE LAST YEARS OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1945-1993

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A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a ... Read full review

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The Monroe Doctrine, first proclaimed by President James Monroe in 1823, has served as a guidepost for American policy toward Latin America for 170 years. Smith, one of our most prominent diplomatic ... Read full review

Contents

Whatever Happened to the Monroe Doctrine?
3
The Historical Legacy
21
The Ghost at San Francisco
41
The Kennan Corollary and Guatemala
65
Aground and Shattered on Cuba
91
The Monroe Doctrine under Johnson
113
The Doctrine and Jimmy Carter
139
Reagan Brezhnev and Monroe
161
The Selfinflicted Wound
185
Fade Away
211
Notes
231
Bibliography
259
Index
271
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Gaddis Smith is Larned Professor of History at Yale University, where he has taught the history of American diplomacy and foreign policy since 1961. He is the author of numerous books, including Morality, Reason, and Power: American Diplomacy in the Carter Years.

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