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Dictator Next Door : the Good Neighbor Policy and the Trujillo Regime in the Dominican Republic, 1930-1945 (98 Edition)

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The question of how U.S. foreign policy should manage relations with autocratic governments, particularly in the Caribbean and Latin America, has always been difficult and complex. In The Dictator Next Door Eric Paul Roorda focuses on the relations between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic following Rafael Trujilloandrsquo;s seizure of power in 1930. Examining the transition from the noninterventionist policies of the Hoover administration to Rooseveltandrsquo;s Good Neighbor policy, Roorda blends diplomatic history with analyses of domestic politics in both countries not only to explore the political limits of American hegemony but to provide an in-depth view of a crucial period in U.S. foreign relations.

Although Trujilloandrsquo;s dictatorship was enabled by prior U.S. occupation of the Dominican Republic, the brutality of his regime and the reliance on violence and vanity to sustain his rule was an untenable offense to many in the U.S. diplomatic community, as well as to certain legislators, journalists, and bankers. Many U.S. military officers and congressmen, howeverandmdash;impressed by the civil order and extensive infrastructure the dictator establishedandmdash;comprised an increasingly powerful Dominican lobby. What emerges is a picture of Trujillo at the center of a crowded stage of international actors and a U.S. government that, despite events such as Trujilloandrsquo;s 1937 massacre of 12,000 Haitians, was determined to foster alliances with any government that would oppose its enemies as the world moved toward war.

Using previously untapped records, privately held papers, and unpublished photographs, Roorda demonstrates how caution, confusion, and conflicting goals marked U.S. relations with Trujillo and set the tone for the ambivalent Cold War relations that prevailed until Trujilloandrsquo;s assassination in 1961. The Dictator Next Door will interest Latin Americanists, historians, political scientists, and specialists in international relations and diplomacy.

Synopsis:

A diplomatic history of the Dominican Republic and the successes and failures of the Good Neighbor Policy.

About the Author

Eric Paul Roorda is Assistant Professor of History at Bellarmine College in Louisville, Kentucky.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822321231
Author:
Roorda, Eric Paul
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Joseph, Gilbert M.
Author:
Rosenberg, Emily S.
Location:
Durham :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies
Subject:
Dominican Republic History 1930-1961.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Caribbean & West Indies - General
Subject:
Trujillo Molina, Rafael Leonidas
Subject:
World History-Caribbean
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
American Encounters/Global Interactions
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
17 bandw photographs
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9.26x6.05x1.04 in. 1.36 lbs.

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