Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

"An excellent laboratory": U.S. foreign aid in Paraguay, 1942-1954
by McQuilkin, Christopher R., M.A., University of Oregon, 2014, 123; 1568769
Abstract (Summary)

After the United States entered World War II, the nation began a technical assistance program and a military aid program in Paraguay as part of its Latin American foreign policy. The U.S. rooted its technical assistance program in an idealized narrative of U.S. agricultural history, in which land-grant colleges and the agricultural reforms of the New Deal had contributed to prosperity and democracy. The extension of this American Way to other countries would strengthen prosperity, encourage democratic reforms, and prevent fascist and Communist subversion. The U.S. also extended military aid to Paraguay to draw Paraguay's military away from its fascist sympathies. Over the next twelve years, policymakers debated the relationship between technical assistance and military aid, their effects on Paraguay, and their compatibility with U.S. foreign policy. Initially, U.S. policymakers saw the programs as mutually reinforcing. By the mid-1950s, however, the promise of agrarian democracy remained unfulfilled in Paraguay.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Weisiger, Marsha
Commitee: Aguirre, Carlos, Zahler, Reuben
School: University of Oregon
Department: Department of History
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: MAI 54/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Latin American history, American history, International Relations, Public administration, Military history
Publication Number: 1568769
ISBN: 978-1-321-32673-4
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