A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

by Michael J. Hogan
     
 

ISBN-10: 052164044X

ISBN-13: 9780521640442

Pub. Date: 07/28/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A Cross of lron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state?making through struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across…  See more details below

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A Cross of lron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state?making through struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. President Harry S. Truman and his successor were in the middle of a fundamental contest over the nations political identity and postwar purpose.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521640442
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/2007
Pages:
540
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.38(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
1The National Security Discourse: Ideology, Political Culture, and State Making1
2Magna Charta: The National Security Act and the Specter of the Garrison State23
3The High Price of Peace: Guns-and-Butter Politics in the Early Cold War69
4The Time Tax: American Political Culture and the UMT Debate119
5"Chaos and Conflict and Carnage Confounded": Budget Battles and Defense Reorganization159
6Preparing for Permanent War: Economy, Science, and Secrecy in the National Security State209
7Turning Point: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the National Security Response265
8Semiwar: The Korean War and Rearmament315
9The Iron Cross: Solvency, Security, and the Eisenhower Transition366
10Other Voices: The Public Sphere and the National Security Mentality419
11Conclusion463
Selected Bibliography483
Index507

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