Read e-book online Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. PDF

By Michel Gobat

ISBN-10: 0822336340

ISBN-13: 9780822336341

ISBN-10: 0822336472

ISBN-13: 9780822336471

Michel Gobat deftly interweaves political, financial, cultural, and diplomatic heritage to research the reactions of Nicaraguans to U.S. intervention of their state from the heyday of show up future within the mid–nineteenth century in the course of the U.S. profession of 1912–33. Drawing on large learn in Nicaraguan and U.S. files, Gobat bills for 2 seeming paradoxes that experience lengthy eluded historians of Latin the United States: that Nicaraguans so strongly embraced U.S. political, fiscal, and cultural varieties to guard their very own nationality opposed to U.S. imposition and that the country’s wealthiest and so much Americanized elites have been reworked from top supporters of U.S. imperial rule into a few of its maximum opponents.

Gobat focuses totally on the reactions of the elites to Americanization, as the energy and id of those Nicaraguans have been the main considerably plagued by U.S. imperial rule. He describes their adoption of elements of “the American lifestyle” within the mid–nineteenth century as strategic instead of wholesale. Chronicling the U.S. profession of 1912–33, he argues that the anti-American flip of Nicaragua’s such a lot Americanized oligarchs stemmed mostly from the efforts of U.S. bankers, marines, and missionaries to unfold their very own model of the yank dream. partly, the oligarchs’ reversal mirrored their soreness over the Twenties upward push of Protestantism, the “modern woman,” and different “vices of modernity” emanating from the U.S.. however it additionally answered to the accidental ways in which U.S. modernization efforts enabled peasants to weaken landlord strength. Gobat demonstrates that the U.S. profession so profoundly affected Nicaragua that it helped engender the Sandino uprising of 1927–33, the Somoza dictatorship of 1936–79, and the Sandinista Revolution of 1979–90.

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