The Impractical Ideal Costa Rica, the United States and Central America Reunification, 1902-1932
Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Political Science & Geography
Graduate Program in International studies
Joan E. Supplee
Justin C. Friberg
Pia Christina Wood
Call Number for Print
Special Collections LD4331.I45L36
This thesis examines the motivations of Central American Unionists and the failure of their movement in the early years of the twentieth century. The existing literature attributes the failure of Central American unification during this era to U.S. policies meant to maintain a divided isthmus in order to economically and politically exploit the region. A closer analysis of the primary sources, however, reveals that union failed because of internal factors, and that Washington's actions generally favored efforts to rejoin the nations to reduce isthmian tensions. Attempts to reunite the republics failed because of regional and domestic political rivalries, weaknesses in the institutions created to effect union, and nearly insurmountable geographic barriers.
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Lam, Donald R..
"The Impractical Ideal Costa Rica, the United States and Central America Reunification, 1902-1932"
(1993). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, Political Science & Geography, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/7btn-ed53