Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance by Michael ConniffPanama and the United States: The Forced Alliance by Michael Conniff

Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance

byMichael Conniff

Paperback | December 1, 2012

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After Panama assumed control of the Panama Canal in 1999, its relations with the United States became those of a friendly neighbor. In this third edition, Michael L. Conniff describes Panama's experience as owner-operator of one of the world's premier waterways and the United States' adjustment to its new, smaller role. He finds that Panama has done extremely well with the canal and economic growth but still struggles to curb corruption, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Historically, Panamanians aspired to have their country become a crossroads of the world, while Americans sought to tame a vast territory and protect their trade and influence around the globe. The building of the Panama Canal (1904-14) locked the two countries in their parallel quests but failed to satisfy either fully. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Conniff considers the full range of factors-political, social, strategic, diplomatic, economic, and intellectual-that have bound the two countries together.
Michael L. Conniff directs the Global Studies Program and is a professor of Latin American history at San José State University. He lived and worked in Panama for many years. He is the author of several books on Panama, Brazil, and Latin America.
Title:Panama and the United States: The Forced AllianceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:260 pages, 9 × 5.95 × 0.53 inPublished:December 1, 2012Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0820344141

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition xi

Introduction 1

1. Independence and Early Relations 7

2. The Railroad Era 24

3. The French Period 41

4. Canal Diplomacy, 1902-1919 63

5. From Gunboats to the Nuclear Age, 1920-1945 84

6. Uneasy Partners, 1945-1960 98

7. A Time of Troubles and Treaties, 1960-1979 116

8. Treaty Implementation, 1979-1985 140

9. The Noriega Crisis and Bush's Ordeal 154

10. Canal Ownership and Sovereignty at Last 169

11. Beyond the Forced Alliance 187

Notes 205
Bibliographical Essay 227
Supplemental Bibliographical Essay for the Second Edition 231
Supplemental Bibliographical Essay for the Third Edition 235
Index 237

Editorial Reviews

[Panama and the United States] is a fine documentary of Panama's history and politics, and is a recommended pick for any college-level political studies holding strong in international U.S. actions or Panama history.

- Midwest Book Review