Pretext : Anti-Communism in Latin America

The spectre of 'Communism' was used to justify the expansion of American global leadership throughout the twentieth century. Nowhere was this more evident than in their 'backyard' of Latin America. The fear and hysteria created by the perceived communist menace justified the demonization of democratic reformers, the mischaracterization of political unrest, the overthrow of democratic regimes, the prolonged support of military dictatorships and the continued political and economic subservience of much of Latin America to the USA throughout the era of the Cold War and beyond. 'Pretext: Anti-Communism in Latin America' examines the origins of this hysteria from 1930-1965. It suggests that the academic focus on the rise and fall of communism has distracted analysis from the non-communist reformers who fought for democracy, social justice, and independent economic development. This timely reinterpretation of the origins of the Cold War in Latin America seeks to explain the continuing power imbalance between the US and the Latin American republics.

Vij Books
  • Pages: 224
  • 9789389620368 • HARDBACK • Jul 2020 • Rs.995
  • 9789389620740 • PAPERBACK • Aug 2020 • Rs.599
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  • Subjects: Communism, Latin America
  • Pretext : Anti-Communism in Latin America
author details

Drew Cottle is a senior lecturer in International Relations and Politics at Western Sydney University. He has written extensively on international political economy and revolutionary struggles in the Third World. His book, The Brisbane Line: A Re-Appraisal was a study of potential collaboration in Australia prior to the Pacific War.

Dr James Trapani teaches history, politics and international relations at Western Sydney University. His research focus is American foreign policy during the Cold War, with specific reference to Latin America.

Chapter One ‘Our People Have Never Had Justice’
Chapter Two ‘I Fell Because Washington Willed It’
Chapter Three ‘Justice and Humanity to Order’
Chapter Four ‘Silence Pervades Politics’ 
Chapter Five ‘No Interest Whatsoever’
Chapter Six ‘The Example of Guatemala’ 
Chapter Seven ‘People Cannot Spit on Foreign Policy’ 
Chapter Eight ‘A Bad Friend, A Bad Democrat and a Bad Revolutionary’ 
Chapter Nine ‘A Prophesy of Yours’
Chapter Ten ‘In the Grip of a Psychosis’