Economic Statecraft during the Cold War: European Responses to the US Trade Embargo [NOOK Book]

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Discussing a rarely researched aspect of the Cold War, this volume uses new material to examine how the United States trade embargo on the Soviet Union and communist China severed relationships with Europe, particularly focusing on Great Britain.


In the late 1940s, the US government stopped nearly all exports to the entire Sino-Soviet bloc in the belief that it would hinder the expansion of Soviet and Chinese military potential. To continue ...

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Economic Statecraft during the Cold War: European Responses to the US Trade Embargo

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Overview

Discussing a rarely researched aspect of the Cold War, this volume uses new material to examine how the United States trade embargo on the Soviet Union and communist China severed relationships with Europe, particularly focusing on Great Britain.


In the late 1940s, the US government stopped nearly all exports to the entire Sino-Soviet bloc in the belief that it would hinder the expansion of Soviet and Chinese military potential. To continue receiving the US Marshall Aid, European countries had to impose similar bans, but were reluctant because their trade links with the USSR and its satellite countries had existed for centuries. The US thereafter negotiated with Europe about what to include or exclude from the list of authorised goods, severely straining diplomatic relations.


Economic Statecraft during the Cold War details these negotiations, casting new light on the ambivalent US-UK relationship and providing insights into the changing emphasis between the Republican and Democrat administrations on the key question of trade embargo, by explaining how the firm consistency in the application of the US policy over the succeeding decades of the Cold War was maintained.


This book will be of much interest to all students and scholars of Cold War history, intelligence studies and international history in general.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781134200580
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/3/2013
  • Series: Cold War History
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Frank Cain teaches Australian History at the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia where he also teaches courses on Intelligence History, the History of Australian Defence and Foreign Policy and Strategic Studies. He is the author of numerous journal articles on Intelligence History, the History of the Great Depression in New South Wales, the History of the Impact of Venona on Australian politics and Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgements     x
List of abbreviations     xi
The evolution of America's Cold War trade planning     1
America and the European trade embargo     14
Expansion of the trade war under the impact of the Korean War     27
The firming of Cold War tensions and its effects on the trade war     40
America faces European demands for changes to CoCom: pressures from Germany, France and Britain     54
American flexibility in conducting economic warfare     68
US handling of the European trade expansion     83
Dealing with European dissent     97
The Johnson years of innovation     111
The Johnson-Nixon era in trade controls     126
The Nixon administration and the openings to the East     143
Nixon and high-technology trade control     158
Relaxation of restrictions on communist trading     174
Conclusion     184
Notes     191
Select bibliography     205
Index     208
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