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Somoza and RooseveltGood Neighbour Diplomacy in Nicaragua, 1933-1945$
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Andrew Crawley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212651

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212651.001.0001

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Good Neighbour Diplomacy and Somoza’s Retention of Power, 1937–1939

Good Neighbour Diplomacy and Somoza’s Retention of Power, 1937–1939

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Somoza and Roosevelt


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This chapter starts with the second inauguration of Roosevelt and the renewal of their treaty of non-intervention with Nicaragua. It also states that Corrigan expressed concern that good neighbourism was being taken advantage of by some dictatorial powers. It discusses Nicaragua's violation of trade agreement between Nicaragua and the US, and how the US protected their economic interest under the regime of Somoza. Non-interference was almost a reality during Somoza's reign due to the following reasons: political opposition was deactivated; the government enjoyed the backing of the military; no external political threat; it was believed that the government enjoyed the backing of Washington and any attempt to topple it will not flourish; the United States was determined to engage with the competing forces of Europe and Asia; and having renounced intervention and then been confronted by potential external threat, Washington responded not with unilateral action but with a form of multilateral isolationism embodied in instruments of international law to which it and all Latin American countries subscribed.

Keywords:   non-intervention, Nicaragua, Corrigan, good neighbourism, dictatorial powers, Somoza, regime, Latin America

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