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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.
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
Posted April 27, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 31, 2006
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.