Ambivalent Embrace: America's Troubled Relations with Spain by Rodrigo Botero

By Rodrigo Botero

For almost centuries interplay among Spain and the USA used to be characterised via cultural and political alterations, at the same time perceived conflicts of nationwide curiosity, and an asymmetry of energy. Botero identifies the interval from 1945 to 1953 as a watershed in kinfolk, because the nations moved from a adverse posture in the direction of a pleasant rapprochement. He exhibits why, regardless of political variations, mutual mistrust, and reciprocal grievances, either governments stumbled on it of their top curiosity to arrive an contract at the factor of eu security. This learn files, for the 1st time, the extreme lengths to which the Franco regime was once ready to visit increase its family with the United States.Beginning with the Spanish monarchy's choice to aid the 13 colonies of their fight for independence, Botero examines treaty negotiations in 1795 and 1821 that concerned Spain's territorial possessions in North the USA. He then seems to be at how friction over occasions in Cuba culminated within the Spanish-American warfare of 1898. a number of a long time of mutual disengagement till the 2 international locations back clashed over the early pro-Axis sympathy of the Franco regime. the phobia of Soviet aggression may ultimately unite the 2 within the post-World warfare II period with a bilateral contract to set up army bases in Spain as a part of strategic preparations to protect Western Europe.

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Contributions to the study of world history, ISSN 0885–9159 ; no. 78) Includes bibliographical references (p. ) and index. ISBN 0-313-31570-1 (alk. paper) 1. United States—Relations—Spain. 2. Spain—Relations—United States. I. Title. II. Series. 48'273046—dc21 00–035356 British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data is available. Copyright © 2001 by Rodrigo Botero All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, by any process or technique, without the express written consent of the publisher.

In his view, it was in France’s interest to avoid disrupting the peace on the Continent so as to be able to pursue a maritime war against Great Britain. According to this strategy, the major part of the military effort would take place in North America and on the seas. Spanish policy makers, on the other hand, felt that Spain had much more at risk in the New World than her ally. This vulnerability argued for a more European-oriented strategy. Unable to come to terms on a mutually acceptable plan of action, the two courts agreed to increase their military preparations, to continue to provide secret subsidies to the colonies, and to wait for the appropriate time and circumstances for a joint enterprise.

Chapter 4 discusses the Page xii deterioration of the bilateral relationship brought about by Cuba’s struggle for independence from Spain, and the brief but decisive Spanish-American War of 1898, which resulted in the loss of the Philippines and of Spain’s remaining possessions in the Caribbean. Chapters 5 and 6 study the bilateral relations during the first half of the twentieth century, with emphasis on the period 1942 to 1951, when the two countries dealt with each other under adverse external circumstances, initially as quasi adversaries, and eventually as de facto allies.

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