Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

Committee Director

Robert H. Holden

Committee Member

Timothy J. Orr

Committee Member

John Weber

Abstract

Before, during, and after the Costa Rican Revolution of 1948 and the Costa Rica-Nicaragua Crisis of 1948-1949, the Truman Administration maintained a posture of strict neutrality and helped to isolate, and bring a quick end to, both conflicts. This thesis attempts to revise the historiography of the Costa Rican Revolution by challenging the common view that the United States inaugurated the Cold War in Latin America by facilitating the overthrow of the communist-supported government in Costa Rica. The Truman Administration did not care who won and only wanted the Revolution and Crisis to come to a quick end. The United States’ response to the Costa Rican Revolution and the Costa Rica-Nicaragua Crisis was consistent with its broader hemispheric policy of promoting peaceful collaboration among the American republics in order to convince the Soviet Union that the Western Hemisphere was united against international communism.

DOI

10.25777/0hvp-sg88

ISBN

9798641058245

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