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‘The Cuban question’ and the Cold War in Latin America, 1959-1964

Harmer, Tanya (2019) ‘The Cuban question’ and the Cold War in Latin America, 1959-1964. Journal of Cold War Studies, 21 (3). pp. 114-151. ISSN 1520-3972

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Identification Number: 10.1162/jcws_a_00896


This article explains how Latin American governments responded to the Cuban revolution and how the “Cuban question” played out in the inter-American system in the first five years of Fidel Castro's regime, from 1959 to 1964, when the Organization of American States imposed sanctions against the island. Drawing on recently declassified sources from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and the United States, the article complicates U.S.-centric accounts of the inter-American system. It also adds to our understanding of how the Cold War was perceived within the region. The article makes clear that U.S. policymakers were not the only ones who feared Castro's triumph, the prospect of greater Soviet intervention, and the Cuban missile crisis. By seeking to understand why local states opposed Castro's ascendance and what they wanted to do to counter his regime, the account here offers new insight into the Cuban revolution's international impact and allows us to evaluate U.S. influence in the region during key years of the Cold War.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 The MIT Press
Divisions: International History
Subjects: F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2019 17:00
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:27

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