By Steve Striffler,Mark Moberg

Over the previous century, the banana has substantially remodeled Latin the US and the Caribbean and turn into a massive website of United States–Latin American interplay. Banana Wars is a background of the Americas advised in the course of the cultural, political, fiscal, and agricultural tactics that introduced bananas from the forests of Latin the US and the Caribbean to the breakfast tables of the USA and Europe. the 1st ebook to ascertain those strategies in all of the western hemisphere areas the place bananas are grown on the market in a foreign country, Banana Wars advances the becoming physique of scholarship targeting export commodities from ancient and social clinical perspectives.

Bringing jointly the paintings of anthropologists, sociologists, economists, historians, and geographers, this assortment unearths how the banana marshaled staff of differing nationalities, ethnicities, and languages and, in so doing, created remarkable strength for clash all through Latin American and the Caribbean. The often abusive stipulations that banana staff skilled, the participants indicate, gave upward push to 1 of Latin America’s earliest and such a lot militant exertions events. Responding to either the calls for of staff’ enterprises and the facility of U.S. capital, Latin American governments have been unavoidably tormented by banana construction. Banana Wars explores how those governments occasionally asserted their sovereignty over overseas fruit businesses, yet extra usually turned their keen accomplices. With numerous essays concentrating on the operations of the terribly robust United Fruit corporation, the gathering additionally examines the suggestions and reactions of the yankee and eu firms looking to take advantage of the sale of bananas grown by means of humans of other cultures operating in assorted agricultural and financial environments.

Contributors
Philippe Bourgois
Marcelo Bucheli
Dario Euraque
Cindy Forster
Lawrence Grossman
Mark Moberg
Laura T. Raynolds
Karla Slocum
John Soluri
Steve Striffler
Allen Wells

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