By Michel Gobat

Michel Gobat deftly interweaves political, monetary, cultural, and diplomatic background to investigate the reactions of Nicaraguans to U.S. intervention of their kingdom from the heyday of occur future within the mid–nineteenth century during the U.S. profession of 1912–33. Drawing on large learn in Nicaraguan and U.S. files, 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 types to protect their very own nationality opposed to U.S. imposition and that the country’s wealthiest and such a lot Americanized elites have been remodeled from major 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 tormented by U.S. imperial rule. He describes their adoption of features 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 so much Americanized oligarchs stemmed mostly from the efforts of U.S. bankers, marines, and missionaries to unfold their very own model of the yankee dream. partly, the oligarchs’ reversal mirrored their agony over the Nineteen Twenties upward push of Protestantism, the “modern woman,” and different “vices of modernity” emanating from the us. however it additionally answered to the unintentional 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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