‘We Should not Content Ourselves with a Sham’: The US Foreign Service and the Central American Elections of the Early 1930s
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SourceJournal of Latin American Studies, 48, 2, (2016), pp. 221-246
22 december 2015
Article / Letter to editor
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Engelse Taal en Cultuur
Journal of Latin American Studies
SubjectEurope and its Worlds after 1800; The Making of War. History and Memory of Crisis, War and Recovery
Scholars have paid considerable attention to the connection between Washington's withdrawal from intervention and the emergence of dictatorship in Central America during the 1930s. The current article seeks to enhance our understanding of those interconnected developments through the investigation of the US Foreign Service and its role in the early 1930s presidential campaigns in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. It shows that the dynamic interaction between actors in both Washington and Central America set in motion a process that would produce decades of authoritarian rule in the isthmus.
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