The Second World War was a watershed moment in US–South American relations. Yet the Good Neighbor Policy—the driving force behind many of the changes during this time—remains underanalyzed, especially from a South American perspective. Examining topics ranging from literary fashions and trends in the press to science, militarism, and gender categories, New Perspectives on the Good Neighbor Policy sheds light on this crucial period in which the US defined geopolitical relations with South America and solidified its hemispheric hegemony. Additionally, the contributors evaluate the legacy of the Good Neighbor Policy in the twentieth century and its impact on twenty-first century politics.
Alexandre Busko Valim is associate professor in the Department of History at Federal University of Santa Catarina.
Ana Maria Mauad is full professor in the Department of History at Federal University of Fluminense.
Part 1. The “Good Neighbor Policy” in U.S. Politics and Governance
Chapter 1. The “Good Neighbor Policy” in U.S. Politics and Governance
Part 2. Literature, Magazines, and Press
Chapter 2. Printed Seductions: The Cultural Diplomacy of the United States in Brazil through Periodicals and Pamphlets
Chapter 3. Culture as Ally and Enemy in the Wake of Wartime Pan-Americanism
Chapter 4. Translating Brazilian Literature as Part of the Good Neighbor Policy (1941-1946)
Part 3. Intellectuals, Health, Science
Chapter 5. The Good Neighbor Historian: Charles Lyon Chandler and the Making of Relations Between Brazil and the United States during World War II
Chapter 6. Science, Technology, and the Good Neighbor Policy – The Case of Physics and Atomic Minerals Involving Brazil and the US
Chapter 7. Good Neighbor Education: Robert King Hall’s Travels to Brazil in the 1940s
Part 4. Cooperations, Disputes, and Military Strategies
Chapter 8. Brazilian Politics from the Perspective of “good neighbors”: Participation in the Second World War, the Fall of Vargas and the End of the Estado Novo
Chapter 9. Brothers in Arms: Images and Representations of the Joint Military Operations of the Armies of Brazil and the United States in the Italian Campaign and the Good Neighbor Policy (1944-1945)
Chapter 10. Hemispheric Security, Labor, and Social Policy: Seeing World War II Brazil through the Eyes of J. Edgar Hoover. Alexandre Fortes
Part 5. Art, Cinema and Popular Culture
Chapter 11. American Scouting Mission: A Foray into South America Before the Good Neighbor Policy
Chapter 12. The Color of the Neighborship: Orson Welles’ It’s all true and Racial Inclusion in the Cinematic Form
Chapter 13. Through the Lenses of Good Neighborhood: The Photographer Genevieve Naylor in Brazil (1940-1942)
Chapter 14. Commercial Propaganda on The War Front: The Advertising Project
Part 6. The Legacy of the Good Neighbor Policy
Chapter 15. The Seductive Imperialism: The Americanization of Brazil during World War II
Chapter 16. Creating Good Neighbors? Nelson Rockefeller’s Office of Inter-American Affairs and its Post War Legacy
Chapter 17. The Good Neighbor Policy From the 20th Until the 21st Century: Hegemonic Crisis and Changes
Bringing together a stellar group of scholars, New Perspectives on the Good Neighbor Policy vigorously showcases the renewal of Brazilian historiography and the importance of dialogue between historians from different countries. Examining a variety of topics, sources, themes, and problems, the chapters of this volume constitute a fundamental contribution to the understanding of US-Latin American relations.