Download PDF by Michel Gobat: Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S.

By Michel Gobat

ISBN-10: 0822336472

ISBN-13: 9780822336471

Michel Gobat deftly interweaves political, monetary, cultural, and diplomatic heritage to research the reactions of Nicaraguans to U.S. intervention of their kingdom from the heyday of show up future within the mid–nineteenth century throughout the U.S. career of 1912–33. Drawing on wide learn in Nicaraguan and U.S. data, Gobat debts for 2 seeming paradoxes that experience lengthy eluded historians of Latin the US: that Nicaraguans so strongly embraced U.S. political, financial, and cultural kinds to shield their very own nationality opposed to U.S. imposition and that the country’s wealthiest and so much Americanized elites have been reworked from major 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 strength and id of those Nicaraguans have been the main considerably suffering from U.S. imperial rule. He describes their adoption of features 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 pain over the Twenties upward thrust of Protestantism, the “modern woman,” and different “vices of modernity” emanating from the USA. however it additionally spoke back to the accidental ways in which U.S. modernization efforts enabled peasants to weaken landlord strength. Gobat demonstrates that the U.S. career 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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Militarycolonists like Walker. S. expansionism after the United States conquered the northern half of Mexico in the war of 1846–48. S. conquest hardly perturbed elite Nicaraguans, thus leading a Spanish-born diplomat of the era to wonder why Nicaragua could not imagine ‘‘that in throwing herself into the arms of American citizens . . S. expansionism. It also stems from Nicaraguans’ expectation that Walker’s colonists would embody the same entrepreneurial values as the thousands of California-bound adventurers who had crossed the isthmus since the gold rush began in 1848.

To them, Walker and his men were nothing but brutal invaders who tried to enslave their ancestors and destroy their culture. S. empire. S. S. path to political and economic modernity. S. colonists to his cause. S. followers in May 1857. Today, Nicaraguans’ warm embrace of Walker in 1855 seems perplexing, for 22 . m a n i f e s t d e s t i n i e s , 1 8 4 9 – 1 9 1 0 we know the devastation he wrought. S. S. militarycolonists like Walker. S. expansionism after the United States conquered the northern half of Mexico in the war of 1846–48.

Libuster as his deputy. Further, Walker concentrated military power into his filibuster army by disbanding all native forces except for those who had volunteered to fight under his command. S. entrepreneurs—Cornelius Garrison and Charles Morgan—who had recently seized control of the Accessory Transit Company from Cornelius Vanderbilt. ∑≠ Thanks to the transit company, Walker’s filibuster band swelled to an army of about two thousand soldiers and became perhaps the best-armed force Central America had ever seen.

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