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Markets, militaries, and modernization: U.S.-Dominican relations to 1899 -- Military diplomats and dollar diplomacy: from customs receivership to civil war -- Involvement to invasion: military control and the defense of local sovereignty -- A promiscuous heaping of adventurers: the constabulary experiment of 1916-1918 -- Regional negotiation and resistance: the "moralizing" versus the expedient -- Opposing networks for change: consolidating reform and resistance after 1920 -- Products of compromise: legitimating state and military -- Conclusion.
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In the early 20th century, the US set out to guarantee economic and political stability in the Caribbean without intrusive military interventions - and ended up achieving the opposite. Using military and government records from the US and the Dominican Republic, this work investigates the extent to which early 20th century US involvement in the Dominican Republic changed both Dominican history and the conduct of US foreign policy.
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