In the first English-language survey of Argentine-U.S.
relations to appear in more than a decade, David M. K. Sheinin
challenges the accepted view that confrontation has been the
characteristic state of affairs between the two countries. Sheinin
draws on both Spanish- and English-language sources in the United
States, Argentina, Canada, and Great Britain to provide a broad
perspective on the two centuries of shared U.S.-Argentine history
with fresh focus in particular on cultural ties, nuclear politics
in the cold war era, the politics of human rights, and Argentina's
exit in 1991 from the nonaligned movement.
From the perspectives of both countries, Sheinin discusses such
topics as Pan-Americanism, petroleum, communism and fascism, and
foreign debt. Although the general trajectory of the two countries'
relationship has been one of cooperative interaction based on
generally strong and improving commercial and financial ties,
shared strategic interests, and vital cultural contacts, Sheinin
also emphasizes episodes of strained ties. These include the Cuban
Revolution, the Dirty War of the late 1970s and early 1980s, and
the Falklands/Malvinas War. In his epilogue, Sheinin examines
Argentina's monetary crash of December 2001, when the United
States-in a major policy shift-refused to come to Argentina's
Subjects: History, Political Science
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