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The Third Century

U.S.–Latin American Relations since 1889, Second Edition

Mark T. Gilderhus; David C. LaFevor and Michael J. LaRosa

This text focuses on U.S. relations with Latin America from the advent of the New Diplomacy late in the nineteenth century to the present. Providing a balanced perspective, it presents both the United States’ view that the Western Hemisphere needed to unite under a common democratic, capitalistic society and the Latin American countries’ response to U.S. attempts to impose these goals on its southern neighbors. The authors examine the reciprocal interactions between the two regions, each with distinctive purposes, outlooks, interests, and cultures. They also place U.S.–Latin American relations within the larger global political and economic context. « less more »
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 336Size: 6 1/4 x 9 3/8
978-1-4422-5715-3 • Hardback • January 2017 • $95.00 • (£65.00)
978-1-4422-5716-0 • Paperback • January 2017 • $39.95 • (£24.95)
978-1-4422-5717-7 • eBook • January 2017 • $38.99 • (£24.95)
Mark T. Gilderhus (d. 2015) was Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair at Texas Christian University. David C. LaFevor is assistant professor of history and digital humanities at the University of Texas at Arlington. Michael J. LaRosa is associate professor of history at Rhodes College.
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction to the First Edition

Chapter 1: Expansion, Empire, and Intervention, 1889–1913
Chapter 2: Revolution, War, and Expansion, 1913–1929
Chapter 3: Depression, War, and the Good Neighbor, 1929–1945
Chapter 4: Cold War, Dependency, and Change, 1945–1959
Photo Essay
Chapter 5: Castro, Cuba, and Containment, 1959–1979
Chapter 6: Cuba, the United States, and the World: From Mariel to Obama
Chapter 7: The Limits of Hegemony? 1979–
Chapter 8: Nafta to Now in Three Keys: Commerce, Conflict, and Culture

Selected Bibliography
A very useful resource for students and scholars who want a comprehensive overview of this important and unfortunately relatively neglected area of U.S. foreign relations. (Previous Edition Praise)
Robert D. Schulzinger, University of Colorado, Boulder

The Second Century is a concise, gracefully written survey of U.S.–Latin American relations during the last century. The story in all its complexity—clashing nationalisms, rival ideologies, ambitious personalities, and geopolitical imperatives—emerges with clarity and force. Gilderhus has used his well-known mastery of the subject to produce a book that is simultaneously accessible to the layperson and useful to the scholar. (Previous Edition Praise)
Randall B. Woods, University of Arkansas

This crisply written overview effectively explores the contest between U.S. hegemony and Latin American nationalism. Gilderhus engages the reader in the ongoing debate over core issues, from Pan Americanism to the Good Neighbor Policy to the Cuban Revolution to post-Cold War questions. He places this regional study in global context and, most impressively, presents Latin American perspectives. Start with this book to grasp the central threads of an enduring, often violent, relationship. (Previous Edition Praise)
Thomas G. Paterson, author of Contesting Castro

Uniquely valuable. (Previous Edition Praise)
Hungarian Journal Of English and American Studies

A remarkably readable and interesting overview of the complicated history behind U.S–Latin American relations during the last century. (Previous Edition Praise)
Cuslar Newsletter

The Third Century is written by two top scholars, and it shows. It is one of the best overviews of U.S.–Latin American relations available and a fine tribute to the author of the original edition, Mark Gilderhus. It combines the best of the old and new scholarship and is spiced up by an excellent choice of quotes from primary sources. Both undergraduate and graduate students will benefit from reading this new edition.
Jim Siekmeier, West Virginia University

This superbly updated edition of the late Mark Gilderhus’s acclaimed The Second Century retains the skillfully explained essence and nuances of U.S.–Latin American relations since 1889, while incorporating significant new material and interpretations. The discussion of cultural dynamics, the environment, and immigration in inter-American relations as well as reminders about the legacy of older problems (for example, U.S.–Cuban relations) provide a nice balance and make the volume valuable for both undergraduate and graduate students.
Lester D. Langley, emeritus, University of Georgia

LaFevor and LaRosa make a vital contribution to the increasingly important field of U.S. relations with Latin America. They not only preserve the original insights and graceful writing of the late Mark Gilderhus’s seminal work, but by updating and adding their own careful research they continue his legacy as one of the most important voices in the study of the tumultuous and often-misunderstood encounters between the United States and its neighbors to the south.
Michael Krenn, Appalachian State University