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Britain, the United States, and the Bolivian National Revolution, 1952-1956

Saunders, O (2020) Britain, the United States, and the Bolivian National Revolution, 1952-1956. In: Miller, R and Mills, TC, (eds.) Britain and the Growth of US Hegemony in Twentieth-Century Latin America: Competition, Cooperation and Coexistence. Palgrave-Macmillan, pp. 251-273. ISBN 978-3-030-48321-0

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Abstract

Britain’s long-standing commercial and financial relationship with Bolivia faced a direct challenge when a revolutionary nationalist regime came to power in 1952. British government and business soon recognised the value of supporting the new government, whose inherent pragmatism ensured that the status quo would be preserved. The United States simultaneously supported the Bolivian government, but through very different means and for a different rationale: the provision of extensive financial aid, given the primacy of Cold War concerns. Despite this mutuality of interests in preserving the regime in power, there was limited, if any, cooperation between Britain and the United States during the first term of revolutionary government. Each pursued its own strategy, conditioned by a particular set of post-war foreign policy priorities that reflected both regional and global circumstances.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
E History America > E151 United States (General)
F History United States, Canada, Latin America > F1201 Latin America (General)
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Palgrave-Macmillan
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 10:20
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 22:58
DOI or Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-030-48321-0_11
Editors: Miller, R and Mills, TC
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11876

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