The military and politics in modern Panama
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
First Committee Member
Steve Stein, Committee Chair
Scholars have tended to portray modern Panama as a reflection of international commerce and worldwide military concerns rather than as an independent people and an autonomous nation. This tendency, known as "geographic determinism," portrays the people of Panama as passive objects of change, an ancillary component of Panamanian history.Largely in response to what its author perceives as the methodological pitfalls of geographic determinism, this dissertation combines demographic analysis with political, institutional, and social history to identify and analyze factors that have shaped contemporary Panamanian society. Seen in this light, Panama's Canal and its military become integral components of a vibrant, sovereign republic. More important, this approach more accurately depicts Panamanians of all classes as resilient elements of a dynamic society, not merely circumstantial victims of elite exploitation and of United States imperialism.
History, Latin American; History, United States; History, General
Pearcy, Thomas Lee, "The military and politics in modern Panama" (1993). Dissertations from ProQuest. 3133.