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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 Bad Neighbours

Becoming Bad Neighbours

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(p.232) 8 Becoming Bad 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/9780199212651.003.0009

This chapter discusses the sense of affinity that the United States felt with rulers whose authority derived from popular consent and helped bring Somoza's government to an end. This was not simply an end result; it was the State Department's specific intention. The changed global outlook, as the Allies continued their successes against the Axis, coincided with shifting political conditions throughout Central America. Those circumstances were prompting a gradual reorientation of good neighbourism towards pre-war patterns just as the internal opposition in Nicaragua began to cohere, and as the external opposition began to emerge as an armed resistance.

Keywords:   affinity, United States, Somoza, Axis, Allies, Central America, good neighbourism, Nicaragua

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