Belize’s Independence and Decolonization in Latin America

Guatemala, Britain, and the UN

  • Authors
  • Assad Shoman

Part of the Studies of the Americas book series (STAM)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Assad Shoman
    Pages 23-48
  3. Assad Shoman
    Pages 49-76
  4. Assad Shoman
    Pages 101-120
  5. Assad Shoman
    Pages 187-198
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 199-250

About this book


Belize, a small British colony in Central America faced with a territorial claim and military threats from neighboring Guatemala, overcame disadvantages of size and power by implementing a strategy of internationalization that utilized new international norms and international organizations, in particular the Non-Aligned Movement and the United Nations. This book, written by a key player in the independence struggle, details the history of the territorial claim and of the international campaign that made it possible for Belize to achieve secure independence with all its territory despite pressures from Britain and the United States to cede land and compromise its sovereignty.


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