This history of relations between Ecuador and the United
States is a revealing case study of how a small, determined country
has exploited its marginal status when dealing with a global
superpower. Ranging from Ecuador's struggle for
independence in the 1820s and 1830s to the present day, the book
examines the misunderstandings, tensions, and--from the U.S.
perspective--often unintended consequences that have sometimes
arisen in relations between the two countries.
Such interactions included U.S. efforts in Ecuador to stem
yellow fever, build railroads, and institute economic reforms. Many
of the two countries' exchanges in the twentieth century
stemmed from the global disruptions of World War II and the cold
war. More recently, Ecuadorian and U.S. interests have been in
contest over fishing rights, foreign development of Ecuadorian oil
resources, and Ecuador's emergence as a transit country in
the drug trade.
Ronn Pineo looks at these and other issues within the context of
how the United States, usually preoccupied with other concerns, has
often disregarded Ecuador's internal race, class, and
geographical divisions when the two countries meet on the global
stage. On the whole, argues Pineo, the two countries have operated
effectively as "useful strangers" throughout their mutual history.
Ecuador has never been merely a passive recipient of U.S. policy or
actions, and factions within Ecuador, especially regional ones,
have long seen the United States as a potential ally in domestic
political disputes. The United States has influenced Ecuador, but
often only in ways Ecuadorians themselves want. This book is about
the dynamics of power in the relations between a very large if
distracted nation when dealing with a very small but determined
nation, an investigation that reveals a great deal about both.
Subjects: History, Political Science
Table of Contents
You are viewing the table of contents
You do not have access to this
on JSTOR. Try logging in through your institution for access.