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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and University Honors






Eminent domain – Chile, United States -- Foreign economic relations – Chile, Chile -- Foreign economic relations -- United States




The progression toward expropriation in Chile, and the United States' response(s) during the early 1970s, reveal two important facts about this period. First, that the Cold War had pervaded all areas of life. This is seen in the excruciatingly difficult process of extracting economics and politics from "Cold War" economics and politics. Can the expropriations in Chile and elsewhere simply be interpreted in the old binary of American Imperialism and Soviet-Communist aggression being played out on the battlefield of the Third World? The lenses of cold warriors such as Richard Nixon, and even Salvador Allende for that matter, might have interpreted the situation that way. Only by carefully peeling back the preconceived conceptions of historical generalizations can a more vibrant picture of the period be discovered. After the removal of cursory perspectives, which leave the researcher with the same conclusions as thesis, the second fact emerges. That is, that people were motivated by Cold War interests, but they also acted independently from these motivations when it meshed with personal, economic or political ends that were deemed more important. This paper intends to examine these other interests.


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