The Resource Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas : state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981, Morris H. Morley

Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas : state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981, Morris H. Morley

Label
Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas : state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981
Title
Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas
Title remainder
state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981
Statement of responsibility
Morris H. Morley
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This study makes extensive use of personal interviews and recently declassified U.S. government documents to cast fresh light on various aspects of American policy toward Nicaragua during the period from dictatorial to revolutionary rule. It concludes with a provocative argument rejecting the notion that there was a dramatic policy shift in the transition from Carter to Reagan. This is the first book to place U.S. policy during the Somoza crisis in a compelling and rigorous analytical framework. American policy toward the crisis of the Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua centered on the goal of securing a change of regime that ensured the continuity of the existing state institutions, especially the National Guard. The Carter administration's willingness to dump Somoza after decades of U.S. support for the family dynasty was triggered by the appearance of a mass-based social movement led by radical nationalist guerrillas posing a challenge to both the regime and the state. Determined to prevent a Sandinista-dominated victory over the dictatorship, the White House actively supported those sectors of the opposition movement perceived as most supportive of U.S. interests in Nicaragua and prepared to coexist with the Somoza state. The failure to broker the desired outcome did not weaken the centrality of the state-regime distinction in American policy deliberations on Nicaragua. Rather, it testified to the fact that Washington is not omnipotent - it cannot assume that what it "wills" it can "realize". In the absence of a viable alternative, the Carter administration adopted a policy of conditional accommodation with the new Sandinista-dominated regime and state, and began formulating strategies - political, economic, covert - to promote a political base within the regime that could eventually challenge the state
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Morley, Morris H
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.N5
LC item number
M67 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Somoza, Anastasio
  • Somoza, Anastasio
  • Somoza, Anastasio
  • United States
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Estados Unidos
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • Nicaragua
  • United States
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Politics and government
  • Buitenlandse betrekkingen
  • Politiek
Label
Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas : state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981, Morris H. Morley
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-328) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: permament and transitory interests in U.S. foreign policy -- Washington and the Somoza dynasty: from consolidation to crisis of a client dictatorship -- Supporting Somoza: substance and symbol in American policy during the Nixon-Ford era -- The Carter administration and Nicaragua: human rights and the politics of accommodation -- The Carter administration and Nicaragua: mediation and the politics of frustration -- Washington ruptures an historic relationship: dumping the dictator to save the state -- The Carter administration and revolutionary Nicaragua: containing Sandinista power -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 343 pages
Isbn
9780521450812
Lccn
93034540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28846044
  • (OCoLC)ocm28846044
Label
Washington, Somoza, and the Sandinistas : state and regime in U.S. policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981, Morris H. Morley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 319-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: permament and transitory interests in U.S. foreign policy -- Washington and the Somoza dynasty: from consolidation to crisis of a client dictatorship -- Supporting Somoza: substance and symbol in American policy during the Nixon-Ford era -- The Carter administration and Nicaragua: human rights and the politics of accommodation -- The Carter administration and Nicaragua: mediation and the politics of frustration -- Washington ruptures an historic relationship: dumping the dictator to save the state -- The Carter administration and revolutionary Nicaragua: containing Sandinista power -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 343 pages
Isbn
9780521450812
Lccn
93034540
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)28846044
  • (OCoLC)ocm28846044

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