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Latin America and the Global Cold War analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America's forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global history of contemporary Latin America. It uncovers a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting iterations of Third Worldist movements in Latin America, and offers insights for better understanding the region's past, as well as its possible futures, challenging us to consider how the Global Cold War continues to inform Latin America's ongoing political struggles.

Contributors: Miguel Serra Coelho, Thomas C. Field Jr., Sarah Foss, Michelle Getchell, Eric Gettig, Alan McPherson, Stella Krepp, Eline van Ommen, Eugenia Palieraki, Vanni Pettina, Tobias Rupprecht, David M. K. Sheinin, Christy Thornton, Miriam Elizabeth Villanueva, and Odd Arne Westad.

ISBN-13: 9781469655697

Media Type: Hardcover

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Publication Date: 05-18-2020

Pages: 440

Product Dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Series: New Cold War History

Thomas C. Field Jr. is associate professor of global security and intelligence studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Stella Krepp is assistant professor of Iberian and Latin American history at Bern University. Vanni Pettina is associate professor of Latin American international history at El Colegio de Mexico.

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As exciting as the burgeoning new scholarship on the Latin American Cold War has been, it has given too little attention to the region's role as a fundamental participant in 'third world' projects elsewhere in the Global South. This big, bold volume, which brings together junior and senior scholars and promotes crosstalk between area specialists and 'new international historians,' provides a timely corrective. In the process it brings Latin America more integrally into critical discussions of the Global Cold War.—Gil Joseph, co-editor of In from the Cold: Latin America's New Encounter with the Cold War

Creating a new world history means tracing transnational connections that did not necessarily involve the great powers, and understanding the alternative spatial units and regional or global orders that people outside the metropoles sought to create. Here are fourteen stimulating essays that do just that. That they look outward from Latin America, which we often assume was fully locked into the Cold War binary—rather than from parts of Asia and Africa that we already knew were partially outside that binary—makes their challenge to established historiographic frameworks all the more striking. And that most of Cold War Latin America does not fit comfortably under the rubric of 'decolonization,' either—having gained formal sovereignty more than a century earlier—adds still another important conceptual challenge.—Kenneth Pomeranz, co-author of The World That Trade Created: Society, Culture, and the World Economy, 1400 to the Present

We know far too little about the various connections—diplomatic, economic, political, cultural, scientific, technological, intellectual, etc.—that were established between Latin America, Asia and Africa. How the Third World came into being as a geopolitical reality, or idea, and what role Latin America played in that process is an extremely important question. This volume provides a multifaceted set of answers that contribute to a broader project that seeks to unmoor the study of the Cold War from its conventional focus on high politics, diplomacy, and superpower confrontation, as well as European and North Atlantic history.—Paulo Drinot, author of The Allure of Labor: Workers, Race, and the Making of the Peruvian State

This is a pathbreaking and remarkably broad study of Latin America during the Cold War. It not only looks at foreign policy initiatives and regional visions of Latin American state actors, but also adds a very original twist, discussing the internationalist dimension of these policies and how they were also aimed at a transnational, 'Third Worldist' project of which Latin America soon became a key actor, symbol, and proponent.—Mario Del Pero, author of The Eccentric Realist: Henry Kissinger and the Shaping of American Foreign Policy