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Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas

Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas
Stage and Regime in US Policy toward Nicaragua 1969–1981


  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521523356

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  • This study of US policy toward Nicaragua during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter presidencies reveals the fundamental importance Washington places on preserving state institutions in Latin America while adopting a much more flexible approach regarding support for elected regimes or dictatorial rulers. The Carter White House decision to dump a longstanding ally, Somoza, and support a regime change was triggered by the appearance of a mass-based social movement led by radical nationalist guerrillas posing a challenge to both the dictatorial regime and, more importantly, the state structure that underpinned it. This study is based on the extensive use of personal interviews and declassified US government documents. Among its distinctive features as compared with earlier studies is the emphasis on the pivotal role Washington played in contributing to the long-term survival of the Somoza dictatorship. It is the first detailed study, based on original research, of Nixon and Ford policy toward Nicaragua.

    • Based on extensive use of personal interviews and US government documents
    • The first detailed study of Nixon and Ford policy toward Nicaragua
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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521523356
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: permament and transitory interests in US foreign policy
    2. Washington and the Somoza dynasty: from consolidation to crisis of a client dictatorship
    3. Supporting Somoza: substance and symbol in American policy during the Nixon-Ford era
    4. The Carter administration and Nicaragua: human rights and the politics of accommodation
    5. The Carter administration and Nicaragua: mediation and the politics of frustration
    6. Washington ruptures an historic relationship: dumping the dictator to save the state
    7. The Carter administration and revolutionary Nicaragua: containing Sandinista power
    8. Conclusion

  • Author

    Morris H. Morley, Macquarie University, Sydney

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