Empire’s workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the rise of the Empire’s Workshop_ Latin America, the Un – Grandin, A brilliant excavation of a long-obscured history, Empire’s Workshop is the first Historian Greg Grandin follows the United States’ imperial. Greg Grandin’s book is a highly readable and deeply unsettling account of how the strategies, tactics, and diplomacy that the United States.

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Even before the Central American wars were brought to a close with the end of the Cold War, Latin America, as the following documents illustrate, became the place where neoliberalism — an extreme version of what would be called Reaganomics — would woroshop put into place, first in Chile and then the rest of Latin America and eventually most of the world.

But abandon it it finally did, at least for a short time. This is what the Iran-Contra scandal was about, a notoriously confusing crime that was less a conspiracy than the foreign-policy debut of the New Right, bringing together for the first time in purposeful activity all the major constituencies that continue to dominate US politics: The success of the American right wing in reversing this state of affairs by carrying out a dramatic change in U.

He traces the origins of Bush’s policies to Latin America, where many of the administration’s leading lights–John Negroponte, Elliott Abrams, Otto Reich–first embraced the deployment of military power to advance free-market economics and first enlisted the evangelical movement in support of their ventures.

Teaching Empire’s Workshop – Greg Grandin

Bush”s foreign policy focus on the supposed innovation of a small group of neoconservative intellectuals in asserting the right to unilateral preemptive military action both to defend national security and to advance American ideals. If you originally registered with a username please use that to sign in. A brilliant excavation of a long-obscured history, Empire’s Workshop is the first book to show how Latin America has functioned as a laboratory for American extraterritorial rule.

But suppose that the rulers are sincere. Email alerts New issue alert. The second set indicates how the fight against Latin American liberation theology allowed for the ideological fortification and unification of the New Right, bringing together for the first time secular enpire and the conservative religious activists. In addition, Cuba was forced to allow the United States to retain the Guantanamo Naval Base in perpetuity, and to endure indirect political intervention from the United States.

Selected pages Title Page. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site. A critical wor,shop of that transformation entailed shifting the rationale of American diplomacy away from greeg to rollback, from one primarily justified in terms of national defense to one charged with advancing what Bush likes to workahop a “global democratic revolution.


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Teaching Empire’s Workshop

Call this vulgar Weberianism, available in either secular or religious varieties. S policy in Central America lies the paradox that it grancin the empure unimportance of the region — geopolitically marginal and with few resources and consequential allies — that allowed the Reagan administration to match its actions with its radical right rhetoric. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

In particular, gref used Reagan’s Central American wars to revive militarism and free-market absolutism, infusing that revival with moral righteousness. Yet they consistently ignore the one place where the United States had its most formative imperial experience: It is often noted in passing that a number of the current administration”s officials, advisers, and hangers-on are veterans of Ronald Reagan”s Central American policy in the s, which included the patronage grsg anti-Communist governments in El Salvador and Guatemala and anti-Communist insurgents in Nicaragua.

John Poindexter, convicted of lying to Congress, conspiracy, and destroying evidence in the Iran-Contra scandal during his tenure as Reagan”s national security adviser, was appointed by Rumsfeld to oversee the Pentagon”s stillborn Total Information Awareness program.

From the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth century, the U. Whether in Bolivia, Venezuela or elsewhere in Latin America, the story of resistance to neoliberalism and capitalism is far from over.

Stansted 15 respond to guilty verdict. In other words, progressive Catholic humanism was the first “political religion” that united modern conservative activists, before they turned to Islam.

Latin America to Iraq: Greg Grandin’s Empire’s Workshop

Click here for the guide. Latin America to Iraq: Though Latin America has played an indispensable role in the rise of the United States to global power, it elicits little curiosity from its neighbor to the north. The history of the United States in Latin America is cluttered with “preemptive” interventions that even the most stalwart champions of U. Some people will argue that the viciousness of the policies and tactics of the New Imperialism are completely unprecedented, and on that basis construct at least part of the justification for the present day electoral politics of Anybody But Bush.

They start with a diary entry from the Puritan Samuel Sewall, a Salem witch trial judge, hoping that a passing comet would strike Mexico City and spark a “revolution.

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To the Occupy movement — the occupiers of Tahrir Square are with you. MacmillanMay 2, – History – pages. If Washington has failed to bring prosperity and democracy to Latin America–its own backyard “workshop”–what are the chances it will do so for the world?

Grandin singles out for special attention those worthies in the imperialist rogue gallery that achieved their earliest notoriety in connection with U. This is a much better explanation than the view commonly expressed in the liberal press that interprets these trends as the work of evil if not fascist Republicans who are described as qualitatively different from the moderate and benign Democrats.


It was in these wars where the coalition made up of neoconservatives, Christian evangelicals, free marketers, and nationalists that today brandin behind George W.

Don’t already have an Oxford Academic account? The region provided a school where foreign policy officials and intellectuals could emlire to apply what political scientists like to call “soft power”–that is, the spread of America”s authority through nonmilitary means, through commerce, cultural exchange, and multilateral cooperation.

Rather than weaken U.

Unlike European empires, ours was supposed to entail a concert of equal, sovereign democratic American republics, with shared interests and values, led but not dominated by the United States–a conception of empire that remains Washington”s guiding vision. Related articles in Google Scholar. Documents include analysis of liberation theology by influential religious-right theologians and the mission statement of the “mainline” Institute on Democracy and Religion, affiliated with the American Enterprise Institute.

In putting this model into place, free-market ideologues were as fervent and uncompromising as the left revolutionaries they sought to displace. As Grandin shows, given the continuity of political strategy and ideology between then and now, it is therefore hardly surprising that we also find a continuity of personnel between the two epochs.

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But then the problem is explained away in terms of human fallibility and weakness while the social and institutional mechanisms by which apparently good intentions at least rhetorically are transformed into evil consequences is sidelined. As we know, the greatest resistance to the neoliberal offensive has taken place in Latin America, as witnessed in the critical role that the opposition to the privatization of water played in the ongoing upsurge in Bolivia.

But neither the neocons” dire view of a crisis-ridden world that justifies the use of unilateral and brutal American military power nor their utopian vision of the same world made whole and happy by that power is new. The balance sheet of this new line included hundreds of thousands of Central Americans killed, tortured and driven into exile.