The United States Discovers Panama : The Writings of Soldiers, Scholars, Scientists, and Scoundrels, 1850d1905

The United States Discovers Panama : The Writings of Soldiers, Scholars, Scientists, and Scoundrels, 1850d1905

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 336 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780742527218
  • DDC分類 386.4409034

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Marking the centennial of Panama's separation from Colombia in 1903, this volume reprises U.S. images of the isthmus a century ago. The editors have collected a fascinating selection of articles from two of the most influential publications of the era, Harper's Monthly Magazine and the Atlantic Monthly, to illustrate the prejudices and expansionistic rhetoric of the time. An eclectic mix of adventure-seekers, naturalists, and scholars all helped a reading public in the United States 'discover' Panama. Their writings show how Americans came to believe control of the isthmus was vital to their economic and political wellbeing. Constituting critically important primary sources, these articles will help readers think more critically and carefully about U.S. foreign policy and the ongoing legacy in U.S.-Latin American relations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments                                    ix
A Note on Language and Spelling xi
Introduction xiii
PART I The Panama Railroad 1 (40)
1. A Trip on the Panama Railroad 5 (10)
2. Panama Railroad 15 (26)
PART II The Search for a Route 41 (118)
3. Darien Exploring Expedition, under Command 45 (38)
of Lieut. Isaac C. Strain
4. Nicaragua: An Exploration from Ocean to 83 (20)
Ocean
5. The New Route through Chiriqui 103 (22)
6. The Secret of the Strait 125 (24)
7. Tehuantepec and the Eads Ship Railway 149 (10)
PART III Choosing the Route 159 (46)
8. Short Cuts across the Globe 163 (6)
9. Projects for an Isthmian Canal 169 (12)
10. The Trans-Isthmian Canal Problem 181 (14)
11. The Best Isthmian Canal 195 (6)
12. The Tropical Renaissance 201 (4)
PART IV Diplomacy and Strategy of the Isthmian 205 (62)
Region
13. The Isthmus Canal and American Control 209 (18)
14. Latin and Saxon America 227 (10)
15. The Diplomacy and Law of the Isthmian 237 (12)
Canals
16. The Strategic Features of the Gulf of 249 (18)
Mexico and the Caribbean Sea
PART V After Separation 267 (30)
17. Non-Intervention and the Monroe Doctrine 271 (16)
18. The Right and Wrong of the Monroe Doctrine 287 (10)
Selected Bibliography of Titles in English and 297 (4)
Spanish
Credits 301 (2)
Index 303 (8)
About the Editors 311