Latin America

Latin America

Introduction

 

 

Latin America held a unique position in the Cold War, because of the geographical and cultural importance of the region to the United States. Many Latin American states struggled by allying themselves to the United States during this period. To understand the period, it is important to recognize the political powers of populism and military dictatorships that would come to dominate the period and region. As a way to understand the challenges of Latin America, an example of the period would be Argentina.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the role of the Cold War on the relationship of Latin America.
  • Analyze the impact of the Cold War on Latin American society.

 

 

Latin America Following World War II

 

Latin America struggled throughout the Cold War period, mostly because of the issues of political proximity and relationship to the United States. As the United States saw the expansion of the Soviet Union in Europe and Asia as proximity, so too did the United States see Latin America as fertile grounds to expand their goals and agendas of capitalism.

To understand the period, it is important to recognize the political powers of populism and military dictatorships, that because of political corruption would yield to democracies by the 1990s.  that would come to dominate the period and region. As a way to understand the challenges of Latin America, an example of the period would be Argentina.

 

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