Latin America and the Global Cold War

Edited by Thomas C. Field Jr., Stella Krepp, Vanni Pettinà

440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 11 halftones, 1 map, 1 table

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5569-7
    Published: May 2020
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5570-3
    Published: April 2020

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Latin America and the Global Cold War analyzes more than a dozen of Latin America’s forgotten encounters with Africa, Asia, and the Communist world, and by placing the region in meaningful dialogue with the wider Global South, this volume produces the first truly global history of contemporary Latin America. It uncovers a multitude of overlapping and sometimes conflicting iterations of Third Worldist movements in Latin America, and offers insights for better understanding the region’s past, as well as its possible futures, challenging us to consider how the Global Cold War continues to inform Latin America’s ongoing political struggles.

Contributors: Miguel Serra Coelho, Thomas C. Field Jr., Sarah Foss, Michelle Getchell, Eric Gettig, Alan McPherson, Stella Krepp, Eline van Ommen, Eugenia Palieraki, Vanni Pettinà, Tobias Rupprecht, David M. K. Sheinin, Christy Thornton, Miriam Elizabeth Villanueva, and Odd Arne Westad.

About the Authors

Thomas C. Field Jr. is associate professor of global security and intelligence studies at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
For more information about Thomas C. Field Jr., visit the Author Page.

Stella Krepp is assistant professor of Iberian and Latin American history at Bern University.
For more information about Stella Krepp, visit the Author Page.

Vanni Pettinà is associate professor of Latin American international history at El Colegio de México.
For more information about Vanni Pettinà, visit the Author Page.


“Attempting to correct historical omissions that either neglect Latin America’s role in the Third World or discuss only how US foreign policy impacted the region, this volume acknowledges how Latin America’s engagement in global affairs fostered and contributed to conversations that challenged US imperialism and pushed for a multilateral approach to development that treated all states equally.”--CHOICE

“Important new volume. . . . An invaluable supplement to international histories of Latin America that remain too narrowly focused on the Western Hemisphere.”--H-Net Reviews

"The 'fruit of a multinational, multilingual effort by fifteen scholars,' this collection of essays reexamines Latin American history from a 'Third Worldist' perspective, defining the Third World as a global political project devoted to anti-imperialist liberation, sovereignty, and development. . . . With memorable anecdotes, concise chapters, and accessible theory, there is much to discover from Latin America and the Global Cold War for professional and general readers alike."--Origins

Latin America and the Global Cold War achieves its objective: it tells complicated stories of Latin American foreign relations that have been underemphasized and does so in such a way that builds upon the extant literature. . . . This is an anthology that should be widely read. It is most obviously important to historians of Latin America, and especially scholars of Latin American foreign relations.”--H-Diplo Reviews

“…a must-read book for anyone interested in following the intellectual expansion and breadth of Cold War studies in relation to the region…signals the concrete emergence of a field that reaches beyond the Cold War to explore Latin America’s complex relationship with the world.” – Hispanic American Historical Review

“A superb piece of work.”–Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe