Department of History pres.
Arthur Aiton Lecture
Latin America and the Rise of Liberal Imperialism
Michel Gobat is an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh. His research interests focus on modern Central America, U.S.-Latin American relations, and international history. His latest book is Empire by Invitation: William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America (Harvard, 2018), which traces Central America’s encounter with U.S. settler colonialism during the mid- nineteenth-century era of global imperial expansion. His other publications include Confronting the American Dream: Nicaragua under U.S. Imperial Rule (Duke, 2005), which explores how Nicaragua was transformed by the U.S. occupation of 1912-1933; and “The Invention of Latin America: A Transnational History of Anti-Imperialism, Democracy, and Race,” American Historical Review (2013).
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