By Greg Grandin
An eye-opening exam of Latin America's function as proving flooring for U.S. imperial concepts and tactics
In fresh years, one ebook after one other has sought to take the degree of the Bush administration's competitive overseas coverage. of their look for precedents, they invoke the Roman and British empires in addition to postwar reconstructions of Germany and Japan. but they continuously forget about the single position the place the us had its such a lot formative imperial adventure: Latin America.
A terrific excavation of a long-obscured background, Empire's Workshop is the 1st publication to teach how Latin the USA has functioned as a laboratory for American extraterritorial rule. Historian Greg Grandin follows the us' imperial operations, from Thomas Jefferson's aspirations for an "empire of liberty" in Cuba and Spanish Florida, to Ronald Reagan's aid for brutally oppressive yet U.S.-friendly regimes in primary the US. He lines the origins of Bush's rules to Latin the United States, the place a few of the administration's major lights—John Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich—first embraced the deployment of army energy to increase free-market economics and primary enlisted the evangelical move in help in their ventures.
With a lot of Latin the USA now in open uprising opposed to U.S. domination, Grandin concludes with a necessary query: If Washington has did not deliver prosperity and democracy to Latin America—its personal yard "workshop"—what are the possibilities it's going to accomplish that for the realm?
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Managers responded with mass firings, which led to more clashes. Ford had a reputation as a pioneer of applied industrial science, yet for the first five years of Fordlandia’s operation he employed not one expert with experience in either tropical agriculture or rubber planting. Plantation managers refused to cultivate disease-resistant clones or to follow the advice of Brazilian botanists who warned that rubber trees needed to be scattered at safe distances throughout the jungle in order to prevent the spread of South American leaf blight.
Empire’s Workshop is also the first book to examine how a preemptive foreign policy in Latin America, which included sponsoring coups, death-squad states, and paramilitary insurgencies, has transformed America’s domestic politics, forging today’s ruling coalition of neoconservatives, Christian evangelicals, free marketeers, and nationalists. The road to war in Iraq, Grandin provocatively argues, can be traced back to the 1970s and 1980s, when an increasingly internationalist New Right turned to Latin America to avenge Vietnam, and in so doing rehabilitated militarism as a legitimate instrument of state and made free-market capitalism the moral core of American purpose abroad.
The road to war in Iraq, Grandin provocatively argues, can be traced back to the 1970s and 1980s, when an increasingly internationalist New Right turned to Latin America to avenge Vietnam, and in so doing rehabilitated militarism as a legitimate instrument of state and made free-market capitalism the moral core of American purpose abroad. Today, much of Latin America is in open rebellion against American domination. Grandin concludes with a sobering analysis of these explosive tensions and poses a vital question: If Washington has been unable to bring prosperity, stability, and democracy to Latin America–its own backyard “workshop”;–what are the chances it will do so for the world?
Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism by Greg Grandin