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Missionary Capitalist: Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela

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Publisher Comments:

The first work to draw on Nelson A. Rockefeller's newly available personal papers as well as research in Latin American archives, Missionary Capitalist details Rockefeller's efforts to promote economic development in Latin America, particularly Venezuela, from the late 1930s through the 1950s.

Rockefeller's involvement in the region began in 1936 with his investment in Creole Petroleum, the Venezuelan subsidiary of Standard Oil. Almost immediately, he began trying to influence North Americans' individual, corporate, and government relationships with Latin Americans. Through his work developing technical assistance programs for the Roosevelt administration during World War II, his business ventures (primarily agricultural production and food retailing), and his postwar founding of the nonprofit American International Association, Rockefeller hoped to demonstrate how U.S. capitalists could nurture entrepreneurial spirit and work successfully with government agencies in Latin America to encourage economic development and improve U.S.-Latin American relations. Ultimately, however, he overestimated the ability of the United States, through public or private endeavors, to promote Latin American economic, political, and social change.

This objective account paints a portrait of Rockefeller not as the rapacious, exploitative figure of stereotype, but as a man fueled by idealism and humanitarian concern as well as ambition.

Synopsis:

Rivas explores U.S. efforts to promote economic development in Latin America--focusing specifically on Nelson Rockefeller's enterprises in Venezuela--from the late 1930s through the 1950s.

Synopsis:

"Sparkle[s] with originality and innovation. . . . Engaging. . . . Provides an effective overview of U.S. policy toward Latin America from the late 1930s to the early 1950s."--Latin American Research Review"A solid, archive-based assessment of Nelson Rockefeller's efforts to promote economic development in Venezuela. . . . This fascinating account strips away the many stereotypes to provide a more nuanced view of Rockefeller's enthusiasm."--Foreign Affairs"[A] carefully researched, well-written book . . . Rivas's work makes a strong contribution to a much needed historicization of development and raises important questions about the way it was contested and negotiated in diverse contexts."--American Historical Review"[Rivas] makes a solid case for viewing Rockefeller as emblematic of a persuasive world view in U.S. foreign policy."--Journal of American History"Darlene Rivas has written an intriguing book that is tightly argued while also offering a controversial interpretation of its subject."--International History Review

Table of Contents

1. The Oil Man's Heir Goes to Venezuela o1 — 2. Mr. Rockefeller Goes to Washington 35 — 3. Private Diplomacy 68 — 4. Rocky Road 89 — 5. The Venezuela Basic Economy Corporation 112 — 6. The American International Association 140 — 7. Mr. Rockefeller Goes to Washington, Again 173 — Conclusion 207.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807860496
Subtitle:
Nelson Rockefeller in Venezuela
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Author:
Rivas, Darlene
Subject:
International
Subject:
Nelson A. Rockefeller
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Venezuela
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
1930s-1950s
Subject:
modernization
Subject:
natioon-building
Subject:
Creole Petroleum
Subject:
Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs
Subject:
Institute for Inter-American Affairs
Subject:
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Subject:
World War II
Subject:
Brazil
Subject:
American International Association
Subject:
Venezuela Basic Economy Corporation
Subject:
capitalist
Subject:
democratic leftist Accion Democratica
Subject:
Romulo Betancourt
Subject:
foreign economic policy
Subject:
Harry S. Truman
Subject:
Foreign aid
Subject:
Technical assistance
Subject:
Point Four
Subject:
America
Subject:
n International Association
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20020422
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
290

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"Synopsis" by , Rivas explores U.S. efforts to promote economic development in Latin America--focusing specifically on Nelson Rockefeller's enterprises in Venezuela--from the late 1930s through the 1950s.
"Synopsis" by , "Sparkle[s] with originality and innovation. . . . Engaging. . . . Provides an effective overview of U.S. policy toward Latin America from the late 1930s to the early 1950s."--Latin American Research Review"A solid, archive-based assessment of Nelson Rockefeller's efforts to promote economic development in Venezuela. . . . This fascinating account strips away the many stereotypes to provide a more nuanced view of Rockefeller's enthusiasm."--Foreign Affairs"[A] carefully researched, well-written book . . . Rivas's work makes a strong contribution to a much needed historicization of development and raises important questions about the way it was contested and negotiated in diverse contexts."--American Historical Review"[Rivas] makes a solid case for viewing Rockefeller as emblematic of a persuasive world view in U.S. foreign policy."--Journal of American History"Darlene Rivas has written an intriguing book that is tightly argued while also offering a controversial interpretation of its subject."--International History Review
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