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Description - The Dominican Intervention by Abraham F. Lowenthal

The 1965 invasion of the Dominican Republic by 22,000 US combat troops ended a period of almost 40 years during which the United States had repeatedly forsworn intervention in Latin America - and it shocked both domestic and international observers. The inter-American system was badly damaged, and the rift between the liberal intelligentsia and the US government, soon to be widened by the war in Vietnam, was in many ways initiated in Santo Domingo. Drawing on nearly 150 personal interviews with individuals in the Dominican Republic and the United States, on rare access to classified US government documents, and on his own first-hand experiences during the crisis, Abraham F. Lowenthal rejects official, liberal and radical accounts of the intervention. Instead, he explains it as the product of fundamental premises, of decision-making procedures and of bureaucratic politics. In a new preface, Lowenthal discusses the Dominican intervention in its Cold War context and in comparative and theoretical perspective. As the issue of US military action is raised anew - from Iraq to Bosnia - the lessons of the Dominican crisis will continue to command attention.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801847554
ISBN-10: 0801847559
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x mm)
Pages: 246
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Abraham F. Lowenthal

Abraham F. Lowenthal directs the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California. His books include Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America in the 1990s, revised edition.

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