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Author Coleman, Bradley Lynn, 1973-

Title Colombia and the United States : the making of an inter-American alliance, 1939-1960 / Bradley Lynn Coleman
Published Kent, Ohio : Kent State University Press, [2008]
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Description 1 online resource (xix, 303 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series New studies in U.S. foreign relations
New studies in U.S. foreign relations.
Contents Solidarity and cooperation, 1939-1945 -- Old problems, new possibilities, 1945-1950 -- The Korean War and the Americas, 1950-1951 -- The fighting alliance, 1951-1953 -- Continuity and change, 1953-1957 -- The partnership transformed, 1958-1960
Summary A valuable addition to the New Studies in U.S. Foreign Relations SeriesWorld War II and the Cold War transformed U.S.-Colombian security relations. The republics first partnered to defend the Western Hemisphere during World War II, a wartime affiliation that promoted hemispheric solidarity, inter-American military readiness, and regional stability. After the war, Colombian and U.S. combat units fought together in Korea. A Colombian infantry battalion and frigate joined the U.S.-led United Nations Command in 1951; Colombian soldiers later served with the United Nations Emergency Force during the Suez Conflict (1956--1958). Soon thereafter, Colombian and American authorities began focusing on Colombian internal security problems, particularly issues associated with the domestic political, social, and religious convulsion known as la Violencia (1946--1958). In doing so, the two countries had formed the basis of the modern Colombian-American partnership. Placing the bilateral relationship in a global context, this military and diplomatic history examines the importance of ideology, material interests, and power in U.S.-Latin American relations. Historian Bradley Coleman demonstrates how the making of the Colombian-American alliance exemplified hemispheric interconnectedness, a condition of ever-growing importance in the twenty-first century. Employing available Colombian and U.S. archival sources, this book fills a gap in the literature on U.S. relations with less developed countries and provides new research on the origins and development of the U.S--Colombian alliance that will serve as an invaluable resource for scholars of U.S. and Latin American diplomacy
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 272-293) and index
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Subject Colombia -- Foreign relations -- United States.
Colombia -- Military relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Colombia.
United States -- Military relations -- Colombia.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1631010360 (electronic bk.)
1631010379 (electronic bk.)
9781631010361 (electronic bk.)
9781631010378 (electronic bk.)
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