American Cold War Strategy: Interpreting NSC 68 / Edition 1

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Overview

Written in 1950, NSC 68 laid out the rationale for American Cold War strategy. This volume includes the complete text of NSC 68, followed by commentaries from former officials, specialists on American foreign policy, and American and foreign scholars. Ernest May's analytical essays discuss the many ways in which this historical document can be read, remembered, and understood.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312066376
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 3/15/1993
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 713,140
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Ernest R. May is one of the leading diplomatic historians in the United States. He is the Charles Warren Professor of History at Harvard University, where he has taught for over three decades and served as dean of Harvard College, director of the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government, and chair of the History Department. In 1988 he won the Gravemeyer Award for Ideas Contributing to World Order. Among his many books, the most recent are Thinking in Time: The Uses of History for Decision Makers, and The Making of the Monroe Doctrine. He is also the advisory editor to the Bedford Books in American History series.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface

Introduction: NSC 68: The Theory and Politics of Strategy

PART I. THE DOCUMENT

NSC 68: United States Objectives and Programs for National Security (April 14, 1950)

PART II. COMMENTARIES

1. Biases, Official and Scholarly

2. Eyewitness Testimony
George F. Kennan, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, 1947-1950
Dean Acheson, Secretary of State, 1949-1953
Paul H. Nitze, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, 1950-1953

3. Later Officials' Retrospects
Robert R. Bowie, Director of the State Department Policy Planning Staff, 1953-1957
Carl Kaysen, Deputy Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, 1961-1963
Robert D. Blackwill, Assistant to the President for European and Soviet Affairs, 1989-1990
Georgi M. Kornienko, American Expert, Foreign Ministry of the USSR, 1949-1990

4. Interpreters of U.S. Foreign Policy
Realism: Paul Y. Hammond
Revisionism: William Appleman Williams
Neorealism: Samuel F. Wells, Jr.
Postrevisionism: John Lewis Gaddis
Post-Postrevisionism: Lloyd Gardner

5. American Interpreters of American History
U.S. Political History: Alonzo L. Hamby
U.S. Intellectual History: Bruce Kuklick
U.S. Cultural History: Emily S. Rosenberg

6. A World Historian and a Social Scientist
Modern World History: Walter McDougall
International Relations and Foreign Policy Theory: Deborah Welch Larson

7. Foreign Scholars
The United Kingdom: Zara Steiner
Germany: Helga Haftendorn
Norway: Geir Lundestad
Russia: Vladislav Zubok
People's Republic of China: Shu Guang Zhang

8. Afterword

APPENDICES

Chronology of the Cold War, 1944-1954
Some Public Opinion Polls, 1948-1951
Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

The Postwar Division of Europe (map)
The Spread of Communism in China and Korea (map)

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