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Britain and the Growth of US Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Latin America

Competition, Cooperation and Coexistence

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Examines how Anglo-American relations featured in the international politics of Latin America throughout the twentieth century

  • Chapters cover a broad range of countries and regions across Latin America, as well as key episodes and turning points

  • Written by leading scholars to offer a truly international history of the central topics that defined Latin America’s engagement with the wider world

Part of the book series: Britain and the World (BAW)

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    • Thomas C. Mills, Rory M. Miller
    Pages 1-31
  3. Back Matter

    Pages 311-318

About this book

“The editors have assembled an outstanding group of scholars in this very welcome addition to our understanding of Latin American external relations and British foreign policy towards the region in the 20th century.”
— Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Honorary Professor, Institute of the Americas, University College London & Former Director, Chatham House

“This is an important and timely book, reappraising the UK’s role in Latin America in the 20th century. What emerges is far more interesting than the usual narrative  of linear UK decline in the face of growing US predominance.”
— Peter Collecott, CMG, UK Ambassador to Brazil, 2004–2008

This book explores the role of Great Britain in twentieth-century Latin America, a period dominated by the growing political and economic influence of the United States. Focusing on three broad themes—war and conflict; commercial and business rivalries; and responses to economic nationalism, revolution, and political change—the individual chapters cover a number of countries and issues from 1914 to 1970, stressing the reluctance with which Britain ceded hegemony in the region. An epilogue focuses on Anglo-American relations and concerns in Latin America in the more recent past. The chapters, all written by leading scholars on their particular subjects, are based on original research in a wide variety of archives, going beyond the standard Foreign Office and State Department sources to which most earlier scholars were confined.

Keywords

  • Foreign policy
  • US hegemony
  • Imperial legacy
  • Economic influence
  • Anglo-American policy
  • International politics
  • Bilateral relationship
  • War and conflict
  • Trade and commerce
  • Revolution and political change

Reviews

"US imperial power in Latin America in the 20th century at times appeared so overwhelming that it threatened to eclipse our understanding of the role played by other external actors. This book goes a long way towards correcting this neglect in the case of the United Kingdom, itself a leading power in the region in the 19th century. The editors have assembled an outstanding group of scholars who show through the use of a wide range of sources that Great Britain clung tenaciously to its previously privileged position for longer than widely assumed. A very welcome addition to our understanding of Latin American external relations and British foreign policy towards the region in the 20th century." (Victor Bulmer-Thomas, Honorary Professor, Institute of the Americas, University College London) 

Editors and Affiliations

  • Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK

    Thomas C. Mills

  • University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

    Rory M. Miller

About the editors

Thomas C. Mills is Lecturer in Diplomatic and International History and Deputy Director of the Centre for War and Diplomacy at Lancaster University. His previous publications include Post-War Planning on the Periphery: Anglo-American Economic Diplomacy in South America, 1939-1945 (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and "British foreign policy towards Latin America in the twenty-first century: assessing the “Canning Agenda” (International Affairs, 2018).
Rory M. Miller was Reader in International Business History at the University of Liverpool Management School until his retirement in 2017, and previously Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies there. His publications include Britain and Latin America in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (London: Longman, 1993), and Empresas británicas, economía y política en el Perú, 1850-1934 (Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2011).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Britain and the Growth of US Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Latin America

  • Book Subtitle: Competition, Cooperation and Coexistence

  • Editors: Thomas C. Mills, Rory M. Miller

  • Series Title: Britain and the World

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48321-0

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: History, History (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-48320-3

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-48323-4

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-48321-0

  • Series ISSN: 2947-7182

  • Series E-ISSN: 2947-7190

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 318

  • Number of Illustrations: 3 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Latin American History, History of Britain and Ireland, US History, Political History, Diplomacy

Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-48321-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)