Managing the Counterrevolution

Managing the Counterrevolution

The United States and Guatemala, 1954-1961

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The Eisenhower administration's intervention in Guatemala is one of the most closely studied covert operations in the history of the Cold War. Yet we know far more about the 1954 coup itself than its aftermath. This book uses the concept of “counterrevolution” to trace the Eisenhower administration's efforts to restore U.S. hegemony in a nation whose reform governments had antagonized U.S. economic interests and the local elite.

Comparing the Guatemalan case to U.S.-sponsored counterrevolutions in Iran, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and Chile reveals that Washington's efforts to roll back “communism” in Latin America and elsewhere during the Cold War represented in reality a short-term strategy to protect core American interests from the rising tide of Third World nationalism.


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Using the theoretical approaches of dependency, hegemony, and liberal developmentalism, Streeter (history, McMaster U., Hamilton, Ontario) details how the Eisenhower administration propped up anti-Communist dictatorships that protected US economic and strategic interests in the Central American country. The result was increased poverty, deepened economic and political corruption, and further dependence on the US. When civilians protested the US State Department repressed dissidents, censored the media, undermined democracy, and fostered a civil war that killed over 200,000. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Center for International Studies, c2000
ISBN: 9780896804210
0896804216
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 384 p.)

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