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In Kissinger and Latin America, Stephen G. Rabe analyzes U.S. policies toward Latin America during a critical period of the Cold War. Except for the issue of Chile under Salvador Allende, historians have largely ignored inter-American relations during the presidencies of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford. Rabe also offers a way of adding to and challenging the prevailing historiography on one of the most preeminent policymakers in the history of U.S. foreign relations. Scholarly studies on Henry Kissinger and his policies between 1969 and 1977 have tended to survey Kissinger's approach to the world, with an emphasis on initiatives toward the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China and the struggle to extricate the United States from the Vietnam conflict. Kissinger and Latin America offers something new—analyzing U.S. policies toward a distinct region of the world during Kissinger's career as national security adviser and secretary of state.

Rabe further challenges the notion that Henry Kissinger dismissed relations with the southern neighbors. The energetic Kissinger devoted more time and effort to Latin America than any of his predecessors—or successors—who served as the national security adviser or secretary of state during the Cold War era. He waged war against Salvador Allende and successfully destabilized a government in Bolivia. He resolved nettlesome issues with Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela. He launched critical initiatives with Panama and Cuba. Kissinger also bolstered and coddled murderous military dictators who trampled on basic human rights. South American military dictators whom Kissinger favored committed international terrorism in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. List of Abbreviations
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: The Case for Henry Kissinger and Latin America
  2. pp. 1-18
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  1. 1. Getting Started: A Year of Study
  2. pp. 19-48
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  1. 2. Overthrowing Governments: Chile and Bolivia
  2. pp. 49-83
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  1. 3. Kissinger and Friends: Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay
  2. pp. 84-117
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  1. 4. Mass Murder and International Assassination: Argentina and Chile
  2. pp. 118-151
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  1. 5. Kissinger and Central America: Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Panama
  2. pp. 152-182
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  1. 6. Diplomatic Solutions: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, and Venezuela
  2. pp. 183-208
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  1. 7. Failed Initiatives: The New Dialogue, Cuba
  2. pp. 209-233
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  1. Conclusion: The Judgment on Henry Kissinger in Latin America
  2. pp. 234-252
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 253-300
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  1. Primary Sources
  2. pp. 301-302
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501749476
Related ISBN
9781501749469
MARC Record
OCLC
1153078508
Pages
330
Launched on MUSE
2020-05-05
Language
English
Open Access
No
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