Brian Loveman, perhaps best known for his work on Latin American militaries’ use of legalistic arguments to support the overthrow of democratic governments, provides a thorough examination of US foreign policy in the Americas from the founding of the United States to the present. No Higher Law argues that in spite of drastic changes in the international system and US domestic environment, there has been a surprising level of continuity in some of the core “beliefs, institutions, policies, and practices” (p. 2). Furthermore, mirroring a similar claim by Greg Grandin in Empire’s Workshop, Love-man claims that Latin America served as a testing ground for policies that the United States would later try to implement elsewhere. Loveman’s approach focuses on intermestic (both international and domestic) politics, analyzing the ways in which international and domestic politics, heavily shaped by the United States’ unique religious...
Book Review| November 01 2011
No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere Since 1776
No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776. By Loveman, Brian.
University of North Carolina Press,
539pp. , $35.00.
Hispanic American Historical Review (2011) 91 (4): 747–748.
Andrae Marak; No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere Since 1776. Hispanic American Historical Review 1 November 2011; 91 (4): 747–748. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00182168-1416981
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