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Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America
Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America
By Walter LaFeber
Norton, 1983, 357 pp
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The author sees U.S. policy in Central America as having been based for more than a century on fear of revolution, and argues that the U.S. dependency system, often buttressed by force, ironically fuels a growing revolutionary process. This is a scholarly account from a strongly and uniformly critical viewpoint. The volume contains no explicit set of policy recommendations, nor does it address the basic question of an alternative, if there is one, to a dependency relationship for Central America.