Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War Against Nazi Germany

Cautious Crusade: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and the War Against Nazi Germany

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by Steven Casey
     
 

America's struggle against Nazism is one of the few aspects of World War II that has escaped controversy. Historians agree that it was a widely popular war, different from the subsequent conflicts in Korea and Vietnam because of the absence of partisan sniping, ebbing morale, or calls for a negotiated peace. In this provocative book, Steven Casey challenges… See more details below

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America's struggle against Nazism is one of the few aspects of World War II that has escaped controversy. Historians agree that it was a widely popular war, different from the subsequent conflicts in Korea and Vietnam because of the absence of partisan sniping, ebbing morale, or calls for a negotiated peace. In this provocative book, Steven Casey challenges conventional wisdom about America's participation in World War II. He traces the development of elite and mass attitudes toward Germany, from the early days of the war up to its conclusion. Casey persuasively argues that the president and the public rarely saw eye to eye on the nature of the enemy, the threat it posed, or the best methods for countering it. He describes the extensive propaganda campaign that Roosevelt designed to build support for the war effort, and shows that Roosevelt had to take public opinion into account when formulating a host of policies, from the Allied bombing campaign to the Morgenthau plan to pastoralize the Third Reich. By examining the previously unrecognized relationship between public opinion and policy making during World War II, Casey's groundbreaking book sheds new light on a crucial era in American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195139600
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Cast of Characters
Introduction: Franklin D. Roosevelt, American Public Opinion, and Foreign Policy
1The Setting: FDR, American Public Opinion, and Nazi Germany before Pearl Harbor3
2America's Phony War: December 1941 to November 194246
3Planning Germany's Defeat: December 1941 to November 194380
4The Politics of Unconditional Surrender: November 1941 to June 1944109
5Hardening Thoughts, Unchanging Rhetoric: March 1943 to June 1944130
6Planning Germany's Future: June 1944 to April 1945162
7Conclusion and Aftermath: April 1945 - December 1947211
Notes227
Bibliography271
Index295

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