An interesting overview of the contentious history of U.S.-Chilean relations. Sater argues that Chile in the early nineteenth century saw itself as a political and economic equal and as a cultural superior; thus much of Chile's relationship with the United States over the past century must be understood in terms of its efforts to cope with the obviously greater success of the United States. At a time when Chile seems prepared to be the United States' closest South American partner, this history is a useful reminder that "Chile and the United States still entertain expectations of the other, expectations that neither nation can fulfill."
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