The United States and the Rise of Tyrants

Diplomatic Relations with Nationalist Dictatorships Between the World Wars

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About the Book

Nationalist dictatorships proliferated around the world during the interwar years of the 1920s and 1930s. Policymakers in Washington, D.C., reasoning that non-Communist regimes were not necessarily a threat to democracy or national interests, found it expedient to support them. People living under these governments associated the United States with their oppressors, with long-term negative consequences for U.S. policy.

American policymakers were primarily concerned with fostering stability in these countries. The dictatorships, eager to maintain political order and create economic growth, looked to American corporations and bankers, whose heavy investments cemented the need to support the regimes. Through an examination of consular records in nine countries, the author describes the logistics and consequences of these relationships.

About the Author(s)

The late Lawrence Gelfand was professor of history at the University of Iowa for many years and one of the early organizers of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
John Day Tully is professor of history at Central Connecticut State University. He lives in New Britain, Connecticut.

Bibliographic Details

Lawrence E. Gelfand [and] John Day Tully
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7692-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3293-3
Imprint: McFarland