Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Robert H. Holden
Timothy J. Orr
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.
"Peaceful Collaboration: The Truman Administration's Response to the Costa Rican Revolution of 1948 and the Costa Rica-Nicaragua Crisis of 1948-1949"
(2020). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, History, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/0hvp-sg88