Latin America in International Politics: Challenging US by Joseph S. Tulchin

By Joseph S. Tulchin

Lately, the international locations of Latin the United States have moved out from less than the shadow of the us to develop into lively avid gamers within the overseas method. What replaced? Why? And why did it take see you later for that adjust to take place? to respond to these questions, Joseph S. Tulchin explores the evolving function of Latin American states in international affairs from the early days of independence to the current.

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Still, they were rationalists and realists in matters of politics, with differing admixtures of idealism, generally focused on the French Revolution. In the River Plate, creoles were caught up in the imperial struggle between Portugal and Spain for control of the Banda Oriental (Uruguay), the frontier between them. This experience emboldened creoles who lived in Uruguay and pushed José Gervasio Artigas and his fellows along the road to independence from both, an evolution the British were only too happy to facilitate.

22 In the case of Argentina, the nation’s pretensions were global, not regional, and commercial, not territorial. By the last decade of the nineteenth century, the Argentine economic model of exporting commodities to insatiable European markets while receiving vast quantities of European investment in return was a resounding success. From 1880 to 1910, Argentina grew at a faster rate than any other country in the world, even the United States. The country’s leaders were convinced of the nation’s inevitable greatness.

This experience emboldened creoles who lived in Uruguay and pushed José Gervasio Artigas and his fellows along the road to independence from both, an evolution the British were only too happy to facilitate. The Argentines also experienced a short-lived invasion by British troops, which they beat back with local militia. Although there are similarities between these two cases and Washington’s experience, neither of them led to a cohort using their experience to formulate a sense of how a new nation with its own view of the world might be formed out of the conflicts.

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