Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations

Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea

  • Editors
  • Juan Pablo Scarfi
  • Andrew R. Tillman

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations

    1. Juan Pablo Scarfi, Andrew R. Tillman
      Pages 1-30
  3. Disciplinary Foundations and Approaches to US-Latin American Relations: Between International Relations and History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Charles Jones
      Pages 33-70
    3. Tanya Harmer
      Pages 71-108
  4. Pan-Americanism and the Idea of the Western Hemisphere

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Mark Jeffrey Petersen
      Pages 111-137
    3. Ricardo D. Salvatore
      Pages 139-168
  5. Human Rights, International Law, and the Inter-American System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Juan Pablo Scarfi
      Pages 171-208
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 249-260

About this book


This edited volume revisits the idea of the Western Hemisphere. First articulated by Arthur P. Whitaker in 1954 but with origins in the earlier work of Herbert E. Bolton, it is the idea that "the peoples of this Hemisphere stand in a special relationship to one another which sets them apart from the rest of the word" (Whitaker, 1954). For most scholars of US-Latin American relations, this is a curious concept. They often conceptualize US-Latin American relations through the prism of realism and interventionism. While this volume does not deny that the United States has often acted as an imperial power in Latin America, it is unique in that it challenges scholars to re-think their preconceived notions of inter-American relations and explores the possibility of a common international society for the Americas, especially in the realm of international relations. Unlike most volumes on US-Latin American relations, the book develops its argument in an interdisciplinary manner, bringing together different approaches from disciplines including international relations, global and diplomatic history, human rights studies, and cultural and intellectual history.


U.S.-Latin American Relations Hemispheric History Western Hemisphere Pan-Americanism Global History Intellectual History International Relations Social Sciences International Law Politics Historiography American History Design global history hegemony history human rights international relations Nation politics social science

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