Synopses & Reviews
This is a story of David vs. Goliath in international relations. The Bolivian Revolution and the United States, 1952 to the Present recounts how Bolivia, after its Revolution of 1952, interacted with the United States. In the wake of its victory in the Second World War, the United States had started to undertake ambitious nation-building projects in the Third World using the tool of economic aid, as it had successfully done with the Marshall Plan for Western Europe. Bolivia represented the first of these experiments, and its process and outcome have much to tell us about the limits of U.S. power. Bolivia proved capable not only of achieving compromises in reaction to U.S. initiatives but also of influencing U.S. policy through its own actions. Unlike most other studies of the Revolution, this book follows the story through the early 1970s and traces the shifting relationships between the two countries over a longer span of time. Anyone who wants to understand the significance of the election of Evo Morales in 2006, which represented a return to the original revolutionary spirit of 1952, and the nature of Bolivian-U.S. relations today will find this book to be essential reading.
About the Author
James F. Siekmeier is Assistant Professor of History at West Virginia University.
Table of Contents
1 .The Early Years
2. The Bolivian Revolution and the United States
3. The Splintering of the Revolution
4. The Rebellion in the Countryside
5. Bolivia’s Line in the Sand
6. The Revolution’s Long Shadow
Conclusion: Another Round of Tension
Appendix: U.S. Economic Assistance to Bolivia