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By Frank O. Mora

Ranging from the 1840s throughout the early twenty-first century, this learn of shared political, financial, and cultural histories fills major gaps in our realizing of Paraguayan-U.S. kin. Frank O. Mora and Jerry W. Cooney inform how an firstly rocky starting among the 2 nations, marked by way of diplomatic posturing, exhibits of army strength, and failed enterprise schemes, gave method to a calmer interval within which the U.S. sponsored Paraguay's territorial claims opposed to its associates, clients grew brighter for American marketers, and Paraguay embraced Pan-Americanism.

It used to be no longer until eventually the Thirties that the 2 international locations engaged in earnest because the usa tried to mediate the Chaco struggle among Paraguay and Bolivia. Then, because the authors write, "hemispheric cohesion in global struggle II, the chilly warfare in Latin the USA, the 'balance of energy' between states within the RĂ­o de los angeles Plata, and the query of U.S. aid for, or reduction to, Latin American dictators" turned concerns of mutual interest.

The dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1954-89) spanned a lot of this period, and a shared perspective of realpolitik typified U.S.-Paraguayan family in the course of his rule. Post-Stroessner, the USA has stood by means of Paraguay in the course of its transition to democracy, regardless of lingering issues approximately such matters as drug trafficking and highbrow piracy. The nations may still develop nearer with time, the authors finish, if Paraguay resists the continent's leftward political shift and continues to be a great companion in U.S. antiterror projects in South America.

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