Unequal Giants

Diplomatic Relations between the United States and Brazil, 1889-1930

What stands out about Smith's book is how it reveals policy patterns and trends that sharply parallel later policy thinking and development on both sides. . . . What strikes this reviewer after reading Smith's book is how little U.S. Latin American policy, the rhetoric and the actions, really changed during the twentieth century.
Diplomatic History

In 1889 the Brazilian empire was overthrown in a military coup. The goodwill and assistance of the United States to the young republic of Brazil helped forge an alliance. But America’s apparently irresistible political and economic advances into Brazil were also hampered by disagreements-over naval armaments, reciprocity arrangements, the issue of coffee valorization, and in the 1920s over Brazil’s efforts to play an active role in the League of Nations at Geneva. The relationship proved to be unequal, with the United States gaining influence in Latin America, as the Brazilian elite’s ambitions and vanities were fed.

308 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 1991

isbn : 9780822985303

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Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith is associate professor in American diplomatic history at the University of Exeter.

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