History, Department of


Date of this Version

Spring 5-2016

Document Type



Wilson, Andrew. "Conflict Beyond Borders: The International Dimensions of Nicaragua's Violent Twentieth-Century, 1909-1990." PhD. diss., University of Nebraska, 2016.


Copyright © 2016 Andrew W. Wilson


The purpose of this research is to identify the importance of Nicaraguan political contests in the global twentieth century. The goal is to demonstrate that, despite its relatively small size, Nicaragua significantly influenced the course of modern history. This has been done by examining the international contestations between Nicaragua’s revolutionary and counterrevolutionary currents from Augusto Sandino’s resistance to U.S. imperialism, to the machinations of the Somoza family, and the Contra War of the 1980s. Upon examination of these events, it becomes clear that Nicaraguans on both sides of the conflict proved adept at cultivating and utilizing transnational networks of material and moral support. By analyzing these events through a transnational lens, this research demonstrates the ability of local peoples to impact global politics.

Advisor: Thomas Borstelmann