Ecuador and the United States is the latest volume on bilateral relations in the well-regarded United States and the Americas series under general editor Lester D. Langley. It includes helpful maps, an index, and a compact but wide-ranging bibliographic essay on both Ecuadoran relations with the United States and domestic political, social, and economic dynamics since independence. Ronn Pineo, a historian at Towson University in Maryland, organizes the book chronologically but interweaves discussion of bilateral foreign policy concerns with the topics of domestic politics and the multiple challenges of Ecuador’s pronounced regional differences between coast and highlands, which are reinforced by parallel ethnic and economic production distinctions. For an understudied country like Ecuador, where the reader is likely not to be well acquainted with either domestic or foreign policy matters, such a combination of internal context with external relations works very well.

Pineo also offers a most appropriate general framework...

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