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Accidental Encounters with History: And Some Lessons Learned

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Through a linked series of highly personal essays on foreign affairs and the world scene, Bloomfield draws on his extraordinary career during the past half century. His lively "encounters" are first-hand - often anecdotal - experiences in the State Department, as a White House staff member, a professor at MIT, and being on the lecture platform in thirty-five countries. Two themes run throughout the book: a deep interest in governance through bureaucracies; and his quest for greater rationality in foreign affairs....
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Overview

Through a linked series of highly personal essays on foreign affairs and the world scene, Bloomfield draws on his extraordinary career during the past half century. His lively "encounters" are first-hand - often anecdotal - experiences in the State Department, as a White House staff member, a professor at MIT, and being on the lecture platform in thirty-five countries. Two themes run throughout the book: a deep interest in governance through bureaucracies; and his quest for greater rationality in foreign affairs. Thus, he provides us with vital lessons to improve international relations for a better world.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780975524503
  • Publisher: HotHouse Press
  • Publication date: 9/16/2005
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Table of Contents

A brief bio-chronology 1
1 Bureaucracy I : 1941-71 : dreams - and nightmares - of public service 5
2 Bureaucracy II : 1953-57 : the genetically-engineered secretary of state 26
3 Bureaucracy III : 1979-80 : the atmosphere gets rarified 40
4 Bureaucracy IV : 1945-2005 : the triangular foreign policy machine 51
5 Cold War scholar I : 1957-70 : the leaning tower of ivory 59
6 Cold War scholar II : 1958-71 : playing games with foreign policy 73
7 The real world I : 1970-89 : the Soviet Union from tyranny to turmoil 92
8 The real world II : 1976 : the Middle East : kings, bombs, and touch football 121
9 The real world III : 1961-93 : the rest of the map 140
10 Lessons I : can foreign policy ever be rational? 170
11 Lessons II : my moderate utopia 186
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