By Hal Brands
For Latin the United States, the chilly battle used to be whatever yet chilly. Nor was once it the so-called “long peace” afforded the world’s superpowers through their nuclear standoff. during this e-book, the 1st to take a world viewpoint at the postwar a long time within the area, Hal manufacturers units out to provide an explanation for what precisely occurred in Latin the USA throughout the chilly conflict, and why it was once so annoying.
Tracing the tumultuous process local affairs from the past due Forties during the early Nineteen Nineties, Latin America’s chilly warfare delves into the myriad crises and turning issues of the period—the Cuban revolution and its aftermath; the routine cycles of insurgency and counter-insurgency; the emergence of currents just like the nationwide safety Doctrine, liberation theology, and dependency thought; the increase and dying of a hemispheric diplomatic problem to U.S. hegemony within the Nineteen Seventies; the conflagration that engulfed crucial the USA from the Nicaraguan revolution onward; and the democratic and fiscal reforms of the Nineteen Eighties.
most crucial, the booklet chronicles those occasions in a fashion that's either multinational and multilayered, weaving the studies of a various solid of characters into an realizing of the way worldwide, local, and native impacts interacted to form chilly warfare crises in Latin the USA. finally, manufacturers exposes Latin America’s chilly conflict as now not a unmarried clash, yet particularly a chain of overlapping political, social, geostrategic, and ideological struggles whose repercussions might be felt to this present day.
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76 The radicalization of the Cuban revolution and the outbreak of insurgencies across Latin America reinforced these fears, causing near-panic in oﬃcial circles. Paraguay’s intelligence ser vices warned Stroessner that “communist agents” were seeking to 28 Convergent Conﬂicts subject Paraguay “to the same process . . ” 77 These perceptions led inﬂuential military strategists to advocate severe political restrictions as the price of preventing a Cuban-style revolution. ”78 By the early 1960s the Cuban revolution had stimulated the Left, terriﬁed the Right, and intensiﬁed existing internal conﬂ icts throughout the region.
Nowhere was this fact more evident than with regard to Castro’s most controversial postrevolutionary initiative, the decision to seek an alliance with the Soviet Union. S. pressure, it now appears that that Cuban policy owed primarily to reasons internal to the revolution. Guevara and Raúl, Fidel’s most powerful advisers, were strongly attracted to the Soviet model. 95 Guevara belonged to the cohort of anti-imperial leaders who, like Nehru, looked to the Soviet Union as an exemplar of modernization and progress.
Rather than providing a quick solution to the overlapping problems dramatized by Castro’s revolution, however, the invasion merely exacerbated these issues, contributing to the same volatile processes it had been meant to curb. 36 Convergent Conﬂicts From a longer-term perspective, the Bay of Pigs and the events surrounding the Cuban revolution marked the transition from the period of accumulating conﬂict in the 1940s and 1950s to the more pronounced strife of the succeeding decades. During the 1960s and after the combination of issues described above would give rise to escalating superpower and Cuban intervention in Latin America, intense and increasingly violent polarization internally, and important shifts in the region’s diplomatic climate.
Latin America’s Cold War by Hal Brands