Eisenhower Administration, The Third World, And The Globalization Of The Cold War / Edition 1

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In the United States, the Cold War is often remembered as a two-power struggle. However, increasing globalization during that time meant nations across the world became involved in the conflict. During the Eisenhower administration, American officials struggled to respond to the dual threats of communism and nationalism as decolonization swept through the Third World during the 1950s and changed the nature of the Cold War and U.S. foreign relations with those nations. As the Cold War increasingly became a zero-sum game, the Third World became the primary battleground in the ideological, economic, and political struggle between Washington and Moscow. Indeed, as these essays demonstrate, the Eisenhower administration placed an extremely high priority on victory in the Third World and seemed willing to go to virtually any length to ensure that countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and the Americas remained aligned with the forces of democracy and capitalism. Relying on formerly unavailable archival research from many nations, the scholars in this volume systematically assess the impact of the globalizing Cold War and the process of decolonization on the Eisenhower administration's foreign policy. Intended for diplomatic historians and readers interested in the Cold War, this book is a major contribution to an under-studied aspect of that conflict.

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Editorial Reviews

David Schmitz
The excellent essays in The Eisenhower Administration, the Third World, and the Globalization of the Cold War demonstrate the importance of the Third World to the Eisenhower administration's overall Cold War strategy and the significance of Third World actors and events for understanding the changing dynamics of the Cold War in the 1950s. Based on extensive research in U.S. and foreign archives, this work represents the best of the new international history and is essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand U.S. policies toward the Third World at this critical juncture of the Cold War.
Mark Lawrence
Recent events have made all too clear the necessity of understanding the complicated, often vexed relationship between the United States and the Third World. In this superb new collection, leading historians of American foreign relations explore one of the most crucial phases in the development of that relationship—years when U.S. policymakers fully confronted the difficulty of promoting self-determination while fighting radicalism around the world. This book is essential reading for scholars of the Cold War and American diplomacy.
Michael E. Latham
...carefully researched and remarkable comprehensive collection of essays....this volume provides an excellent survey of a complex and important period, and it admirably shows the degree to which the Eisenhower administration tried, and failed, to respond to the global forces of anti-colonial nationalism.
Elizabeth Cobbs Hoffman
Statler and Johns restore decolonization to the top of the Cold War agenda, where Eisenhower pegged it. This rich account is a must-read for anyone interested in how Third World actors shaped events, or how America's anti-colonial conscience warred with its anxiety to contain communism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742553811
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Series: The Harvard Cold War Studies Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn C. Statler is associate professor in the Department of History at the University of San Diego. Andrew L. Johns is assistant professor in the Department of History at Brigham Young University.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Introduction: Thinking Globally and Acting Locally Part 3 Instruments of a Global Policy: Propaganda, Covert Operations, and Aid Chapter 4 Words and Deeds: Race, Colonialism, and Eisenhower's Propaganda War in the Third World Chapter 5 The Central Intelligence Agency and the Face of Decolonization under the Eisenhower Administration Chapter 6 The Most Important Single Aspect of Our Foreign Policy? The Eisenhower Administration, Foreign Aid, and the Developing World Part 7 Globalizing the Cold War: Asia after Korea Chapter 8 The Point of No Return: The Eisenhower Administration and Indonesia, 1953-1960 Chapter 9 Building a Colony: South Vietnam and the Eisenhower Administration, 1953-1961 Chapter 10 Militant Diplomacy: The Taiwan Strait Crises and Sino-American Relations, 1954-1958 Part 11 Globalization Continues: Bandung, Africa, and Latin America Chapter 12 Small Victory, Missed Chance: The Eisenhower Administration, the Bandung Conference, and the Turning of the Cold War Chapter 13 A Torrent Overrunning Everything: Africa and the Eisenhower Administration Chapter 14 Persistent Condor and Predatory Eagle: The Bolivian Revolution and the United States Part 15 The Globalized Cold War in the Middle East Chapter 16 The United States and Israel in the Eisenhower Era: The Special Relationship Revisited Chapter 17 Middle East Cold Wars: Oil and Arab Nationalism in U.S.-Iraqi Relations, 1958-1961 Chapter 18 Conclusion: The Devil is in the Details: Eisenhower, Dulles and the Third World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2006

    An exceptional collection

    Pioneering insight into the machinations of the Cold War and Eisenhower era. A must-have for the serious historian and a welcome addition to this researcher's collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    The best work on the subject

    This compilation of essays is by far the best work available on the Eisenhower administration and the Third World. The essays--written by a combination of established scholars and young academics--represent the best of the new international history of the Cold War. Highly recommended.

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