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Latin America During World War II

The first full-length study of World War II from the Latin American perspective, this unique volume offers an in-depth analysis of the region during wartime. Each country responded to World War II according to its own national interests, which often conflicted with those of the Allies, including the United States. The contributors systematically consider how each country dealt with commonly shared problems: the Axis threat to the national order, the extent of military cooperation with the Allies, and the war's impact on the national economy and domestic political and social structures. Drawing on both U.S. and Latin American primary sources, the book offers a rigorous comparison of the wartime experiences of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Central America, Gran Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, and Puerto Rico.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 PART I: Central America during World War II Chapter 2 Mexico: Industrialization Through Unity Chapter 3 Central America: On the Periphery Chapter 4 Panama: Nationalism and the Challenge to Canal Security Chapter 5 Dominican Republic: The Axis, the Allies and the Trujillo Dictatorship Chapter 6 Puerto Rico: Quiet Participant Part 7 PART II: South America during World War II Chapter 8 Bolivarian Nations: Securing the Northern Frontier Chapter 9 Peru: International Developments and Local Realities Chapter 10 Brazil: Benefits of Cooperation Chapter 11 Chile:An Effort at Neutrality Chapter 12 Argentina: The Closet Ally

About the Author

Thomas M. Leonard is professor of history and director of the international studies program at the University of North Florida. John F. Bratzel is professor in the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures and graduate coordinator in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Michigan State University.


This illuminating set of essays will work well in the classroom, effectively setting forth the main issues and showing why the United States and the countries of Latin America responded to the war in distinctive ways. -- Mark T. Gilderhus, Lyndon B. Johnson Chair, Texas Christian University A significant contribution analyzing how the region responded to the events surrounding WW II. Using archival sources from Latin America and the U.S. as well as a wide range of secondary sources, these essays capture the distinctive conditions operating in Latin America. Succinct and well written, these essays serve as a potent reminder of the commonality and differences that influence Latin America. Recommended. -- J. B. Kirkwood CHOICE The book employs the most recent scholarship to deepen our understanding of the subject. The Journal Of Military History Historians of Latin America sould applaud John F. Bratzel and Thomas M. Leonard for assembling this illuminating set of original essays...the contributers have updated older works...while clarifying and expanding our understanding in significant ways...One especially impressive aspect of the essays in this volume is the consistantly high level of quality and substance... HAHR Historians of Latin America should applaud John F. Bratzel and Thomas M. Leonard for assembling this illuminating set of original essays... The contributers have updated older works ... while clarifying and expanding our understanding in significant ways... One especially impressive aspect of the essays in this volume is the consistantly high level of quality and substance. HAHR This is an excellent collection of articles on a too-often-overlooked topic. It fits well with a modern Latin America History course. -- Bill Donovan, Loyal University, Maryland

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