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By Michel Gobat

Michel Gobat deftly interweaves political, financial, cultural, and diplomatic heritage to research the reactions of Nicaraguans to U.S. intervention of their nation from the heyday of take place future within the mid–nineteenth century in the course of the U.S. profession of 1912–33. Drawing on wide learn in Nicaraguan and U.S. records, Gobat money owed for 2 seeming paradoxes that experience lengthy eluded historians of Latin the United States: that Nicaraguans so strongly embraced U.S. political, monetary, and cultural kinds to shield their very own nationality opposed to U.S. imposition and that the country’s wealthiest and so much Americanized elites have been reworked from prime supporters of U.S. imperial rule into a few of its maximum opponents.

Gobat focuses totally on the reactions of the elites to Americanization, as the energy and identification of those Nicaraguans have been the main considerably laid low with U.S. imperial rule. He describes their adoption of elements of “the American lifestyle” within the mid–nineteenth century as strategic instead of wholesale. Chronicling the U.S. career of 1912–33, he argues that the anti-American flip of Nicaragua’s such a lot Americanized oligarchs stemmed principally from the efforts of U.S. bankers, marines, and missionaries to unfold their very own model of the yank dream. partly, the oligarchs’ reversal mirrored their agony over the Twenties upward thrust of Protestantism, the “modern woman,” and different “vices of modernity” emanating from the us. however it additionally spoke back to the accidental ways in which U.S. modernization efforts enabled peasants to weaken landlord strength. Gobat demonstrates that the U.S. career so profoundly affected Nicaragua that it helped engender the Sandino uprising of 1927–33, the Somoza dictatorship of 1936–79, and the Sandinista Revolution of 1979–90.

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