The Truman Administration and Bolivia: Making the World Safe for Liberal Constitutional Oligarchy

Paperback | May 24, 2012

byGlenn J. Dorn

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The United States emerged from World War II with generally good relations with the countries of Latin America and with the traditional Good Neighbor policy still largely intact. But it wasn’t too long before various overarching strategic and ideological priorities began to undermine those good relations as the Cold War came to exert its grip on U.S. policy formation and implementation. In The Truman Administration and Bolivia, Glenn Dorn tells the story of how the Truman administration allowed its strategic concerns for cheap and ready access to a crucial mineral resource, tin, to take precedence over further developing a positive relationship with Bolivia. This ultimately led to the economic conflict that provided a major impetus for the resistance that culminated in the Revolution of 1952—the most important revolutionary event in Latin America since the Mexican Revolution of 1910. The emergence of another revolutionary movement in Bolivia early in the millennium under Evo Morales makes this study of its Cold War predecessor an illuminating and timely exploration of the recurrent tensions between U.S. efforts to establish and dominate a liberal capitalist world order and the counterefforts of Latin American countries like Bolivia to forge their own destinies in the shadow of the “colossus of the north.”

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The United States emerged from World War II with generally good relations with the countries of Latin America and with the traditional Good Neighbor policy still largely intact. But it wasn’t too long before various overarching strategic and ideological priorities began to undermine those good relations as the Cold War came to exert it...

Glenn J. Dorn is Professor of History at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.6 inPublished:May 24, 2012Publisher:Penn State University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0271050160

ISBN - 13:9780271050164

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1 Villarroel: April 1945–July 1946

2 Junta: July 1946–March 1947

3 Hertzog: March 1947–May 1949

4 Urriolagoitia: May 1949–June 1950

5 To the Mamertazo: July 1950–May 1951

6 Ballivián: May 1951–April 1952

7 Paz Estenssoro: April 1952–January 1953

Conclusion

Epilogue

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

“Glenn Dorn has provided us with an important and insightful study based on extensive archival research. . . . The book is warmly recommended for any scholar working on Bolivia, the Truman Administration, or the international tin industry, and is a must-read for those of us fortunate enough to be interested in all three.”

—Mats Ingulstad, Journal of American Culture