Saturday, June 24, 2017

The Making of the Good Neighbor Policy

Wood, Bryce, The Making of the Good Neighbor Policy, New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1967.

Reviewed in Pacific Historical Review © 1962.

Reviewed in The Journal of Conflict Resolution © 1962.

From the Preface:
This book attempts to delineate the rationale of the Good Neighbor policy. It came to be written out of an interest in the nature and limits of enduring, pacific, political relationships between the United States, as a great power, and the Latin American countries, as lesser powers, in the period from 1926 to 1943. The chief problems with which it deals are those of the origins and consequences of the formal and unreserved abandonment of the use of force by the United States in its relations with Latin American countries. These relations did not develop haphazardly after 1926; they were guided at first by impulses and later by political ideas that began to take the shape of principles with the sharpening of appreciation of the nature of this interstate society from which coercion was banned.


Lieuwen, Edwin, Venezuela, 2nd Edition, London: Oxford University Press, 1965.

Reviewed in The Americas.

From the Preface:
I lived in Caracas in 1950 and 1951, during which time I had an opportunity to visit all twenty states, all the major cities, and every oilfield and refinery. One by-product of this sojourn was my book Petroleum in Venezuela, published by the University of California Press in 1954. I visited Venezuela again during 1956. Over the past decade I have had good opportunities to follow closely the extraordinarily rapid political, social, and economic changes that have characterized Venezuela's recent history, either from my United States government posts dealing with Latin American affairs (1952-3, 1955-7) or from my academic employment as Professor of Modern Latin American History (1953-5, and 1957 to the present time). I also keep up a steady correspondence with my many good Venezuelan friends.

Edwin Lieuwen (February 8, 1923 – May 25, 1988) was an American historian, professor, and author. His area of expertise was focused on Latin America. His work was a major precursor to the establishing of the Latin American Institute.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Sociology of Slavery: An Analysis of the Origins, Development, and Structure of Negro Slave Society in Jamaica

Patterson, Orlando, The Sociology of Slavery: An Analysis of the Origins, Development, and Structure of Negro Slave Society in Jamaica, Jamaica: Sangsters Book Stores Ltd., 1973.

Reviewed in Social and Economic Studies © 1968.

Reviewed in Caribbean Studies © 1969.

Orlando Patterson is a Jamaican-born American historical and cultural sociologist known for his work regarding issues of race in the United States, as well as the sociology of development. His book Freedom, Volume One, or Freedom in the Making of Western Culture (1991), won the U.S. National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Cartas a un Ciudadano

Figueres Ferrer, José, Cartas a un Ciudadano, Costa Rica: Imprenta Nacional, 1956.

Disponible en línea .

José María Hipólito Figueres Ferrer served as President of Costa Rica on three occasions: 1948–1949, 1953–1958 and 1970–1974. During his first term in office he abolished the country's army, nationalized its banking sector, and granted women and blacks the right to vote. He was a good friend of the Governor of Puerto Rico, Luis Muñoz Marín, praising his political achievements in one of his essays.

Monday, June 5, 2017

El Movimiento Obrero Latinoamericano

Poblete Troncoso, Moisés, El movimiento obrero latinoamericano, México: Fondo de cultura económica, 1946.(estado deteriorado)

Moisés POBLETE TRONCOSO, Chilean lawyer; Moisés was born on November 15, 1893 in Chillán, Chile; member and representative in Chile, International Labor Office, since 1927; Member Comisión Chilena de Cooperación Intelectual, Institut dc Sociologic (Geneva), American Institute of International Law, Academy, of Polit. Science, American Academy, of Political and Social Science, Unión para la Victoria (president); member Institute del Trabajo in Santa Fé and Córdoba (Argentina), Sito Paulo (Brazil).

Padre de Sergio Poblete Garcés .

El Camino de El Dorado

Úslar Pietri, Arturo, El Camino de El Dorado, Buenos Aires: Editorial Losada, S.A., 1947. (en estado deteriorado)

Disponible en línea, (PDF).

Arturo Uslar Pietri (16 May 1906 in Caracas – 26 February 2001) was a Venezuelan intellectual, lawyer, journalist, writer, television producer and politician. (...) Uslar led a remarkably fruitful life, influential in Venezuelan politics, historical analysis and literature, and as an educator. His period of activity spanned the last years of Venezuelan Caudillismo, the transition to democracy and most of the democratic era of 1958 - 1999. He held posts such as Secretary for the Venezuelan Delegation at the League of Nations, delegate at the International Labour Organization, minister of education, minister of finance, contributor to the Act of Constitution of the New Democratic Government (1958), ambassador to the United States of America, professor of Latin American literature at Columbia University, professor of political economics at the Central University of Venezuela, chief editor of a main newspaper, candidate for the Presidency and member of the Royal Spanish Academy.

Arturo Uslar Pietri OL (Caracas, 16 de mayo de 1906-ibídem, 26 de febrero de 2001), fue un polímata: abogado, periodista, escritor, productor de televisión y político venezolano. En su país ha sido considerado como uno de los intelectuales más importantes del siglo XX.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Christian Democracy in Venezuela

Herman, Donald L., Christian Democracy in Venezuela, Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1980.

Reviewed in Journal of Latin American Studies © 1981 .

Reviewed in The American Historical Review © 1981 .

See also Ideology, Economic Power and Regional Imperialism: The Determinants of Foreign Policy under Venezuela's Christian Democrats, by Donald L. Herman.

From the cover:
The Christian Democrats and Accion Democratica have retained, and even increased, their political importance in the 1970s. Christian Democracy in Venezuela explains the processes of AD-COPEI opposition and accommodation which have insured a third decade of democracy for this resource-laden and politically important Latin American nation.