Empire's Workshop

Empire's Workshop

Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism

Book - 2006
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Baker & Taylor
Provides a thought-provoking study of the role of Latin America as a proving ground for American imperial strategies and tactics, from Thomas Jefferson's campaign in Cuba and Spanish Florida to Reagan's support for oppresive, U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. 25,000 first printing.

McMillan Palgrave
An eye-opening examination of Latin America's role as proving ground for U.S. imperial strategies and tactics

In recent years, one book after another has sought to take the measure of the Bush administration's aggressive foreign policy. In their search for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires as well as postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan. Yet they consistently ignore the one place where the United States had its most formative imperial experience: Latin America.

A brilliant excavation of a long-obscured history, Empire's Workshop is the first book to show how Latin America has functioned as a laboratory for American extraterritorial rule. Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States' imperial operations, from Thomas Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida, to Ronald Reagan's support for brutally oppressive but U.S.-friendly regimes in Central America. He traces the origins of Bush's policies to Latin America, where many of the administration's leading lights--John Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich--first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free-market economics and first enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

With much of Latin America now in open rebellion against U.S. domination, Grandin concludes with a vital question: If Washington has failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America--its own backyard "workshop"--what are the chances it will do so for the world?

Publisher: New York : Metropolitan Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805077384
Characteristics: xii, 286 p. ; 25 cm


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Sep 24, 2015

// America did not send troops but did sponsor native death squads in El Salvador \\ Actually, there were plenty of American military in Honduras, Columbia, etc., sometimes under the guise of the Advisor/training programs, sometimes under the guise of the DEA and war on drugs program, and America did [does???] have a military base in the capital of Honduras. [Excellent book written on Honduras was by Carter's ambassador there, Jack Binns, replaced with John // death squad \\ Negroponte by Reagan, the guy who always seems to be in the vicinity whenever an assassination is going down [Diem in Vietnam, JFK in Dallas, Bhutto in Pakistan, et cetera.].


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