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Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Latin American Relations

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ISBN-13: 978-0313321962
ISBN-10: 0313321965
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Dent surveys U.S.-Latin American relations from the federal period through the presidency of George W. Bush. There are more than 200 entries in dictionary format. Some entries are a paragraph or two, but many are longer. Each entry has extensive cross-references indicated by boldface type and concludes with suggested readings. A long bibliography is accompanied by a list of Internet resources. Topics range from the Monroe Doctrine (1823) to North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Good neighbor policy to Gunboat diplomacy, and include obscure treaties and individuals as well as major programs and political figures. Reference aids include a "Guide to Related Topics" and a chronology from 1794 to November 2005.

The title has the virtues and vices of a one-author reference book. A reviewer of Dent's Encyclopedia of Modern Mexico (Scarecrow, 2002) observed that "the author's prejudices do break through," and they do here as well. In the article on diplomats, Dent refers to "pin-striped plenipotentiaries." In many articles (for example, Operation Condor), quotation marks are too often used for emphasis. Some facts could have used checking, most notably the reference to the 1817-1925 presidency of James Monroe in the introduction (p.xxii), although his dates are correct in the main text.

The book would be most suited to an academic library's Latin American collection or a large public library with a strong interest in Latin America. Kathleen Stipek
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"According to the preface, this dictionary by Dent offers more than 260 entries on terms, Washington policy makers, U.S. presidents, Latin American politicians, policies, doctrines, films, covert operations, treaties, and major events--that help define the history of U.S.-Latin American relations beginning in the early years of the nineteenth century. It includes recent developments, with entries for people and topics in today's headlines (George W. Bush, Vicente Fox, Guantanamo (Guantanamo) Bay, drug trafficking, NAFTA). Additionally, references to those not accorded their own entries (Hugo Chavez (Chavez) , Carlos Menem) may be located through the detailed index. Supplementing the general selective bibliography are references to suggested readings at the end of each entry. A Timeline of U.S.-Latin American Relations covers 1794-2005….Recommended. Academic libraries supporting upper-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers interested in Latin America, US history, or foreign relations; general readers." - Choice

"The stength of this book is the succinct writing and the inclusion of concepts, strategies, ideologies, doctrines, conflicts, and processes. The 20-page index is also excellent. Although some may not agree with Dent's arguably liberal bias, his treatment of the topics is for the most part fair and balanced. Recommended for all academic and larger public libraries." - Library Journal

"Dent surveys U.S.-Latin American relations from the federal period through the presidency of George W. Bush….[s]uited to an academic library's Latin American collection or a large public library with a strong interest in Latin America." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

"College-level students of international politics will find Historical Dictionary of U.S.-Latin American Relations lends to a blend of history and politics in quick reference format, allowing for both thematic reference and biographical or political study. These aren't just brief passages either: in-depth overviews are accompanied by bibliographic references for further reading." - MBR Bookwatch

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 568 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood (September 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313321965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313321962
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,377,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This book is a major and significant contribution to the literature of International Relations, U.S. Foreign Relations, and Latin American Politics and foreign affairs with the U.S. EVERY I.R. and Latin American History library should have a copy. Professor Dent has written what shall quickly become the classic work on the subject. For scholars, journalists, students, and anyone wishing to know more anout the U.S. 'backyard', this book sets the standard. Might the publisher also seriously consider a paperback edition?
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