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Somoza and RooseveltGood Neighbour Diplomacy in Nicaragua, 1933-1945$
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Andrew Crawley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212651

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212651.001.0001

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Becoming Good Neighbours

Becoming Good Neighbours

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(p.7) 1 Becoming Good Neighbours
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Somoza and Roosevelt
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ANDREW CRAWLEY

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212651.003.0002

The policy of good neighbour as expounded throughout the Americas, was to have a novel foundation. In Nicaragua, it took as its guiding principle the ideal of non-interference in domestic political affairs. To argue that Somoza's ascent was directly promoted and indirectly facilitated by the practical application of this doctrine is not to suggest that his assumption of power represented, for Washington, an achieved goal. That Somoza rose to power during the infancy of good neighbourism, however, was more than coincidence. The relationship between the two countries, and between the political actors in each of them, was more complex — and certainly more interesting — than much of the received wisdom has tended to suggest. This chapter looks at how the United States applied the policy of becoming good neighbours to Nicaragua that led to Somoza's leadership, which endured until his assassination, and a regime that dominated the country for a very long time.

Keywords:   Somoza, non-interference, political affairs, good neighbourism, Nicaragua, Washington

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