From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War / Edition 1

From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War / Edition 1

by Wilson D. Miscamble
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521728584

ISBN-13: 9780521728584

Pub. Date: 03/31/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

On April 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died and Harry Truman took his place in the White House. Historians have been arguing ever since about the implications of this transition for American foreign policy in general and relations with the Soviet Union in particular. Was there essential continuity in policy or did Truman's arrival in the Oval Office prompt a sharp…  See more details below

Overview

On April 12, 1945, Franklin Roosevelt died and Harry Truman took his place in the White House. Historians have been arguing ever since about the implications of this transition for American foreign policy in general and relations with the Soviet Union in particular. Was there essential continuity in policy or did Truman's arrival in the Oval Office prompt a sharp reversal away from the approach of his illustrious predecessor? This study explores this controversial issue and in the process casts important light on the outbreak of the Cold War. From Roosevelt to Truman investigates Truman's foreign policy background and examines the legacy that FDR bequeathed to him. After Potsdam and the American use of the atomic bomb, both which occurred under Truman’s presidency, the U.S. floundered between collaboration and confrontation with the Soviets, which represents a turning point in the transformation of American foreign policy. This work reveals that the real departure in American policy came only after the Truman administration had exhausted the legitimate possibilities of the Rooseveltian approach of collaboration with the Soviet Union.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521728584
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/31/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
963,798
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Preparation: the making of an (American) internationalist; 2. Inheritance: Franklin Roosevelt's uncertain legacy; 3. Initiation: tactical reversal, strategic continuity; 4. Instruction: Truman's advisers and their conflicting advice; 5. Negotiation: Truman and Byrnes at Potsdam; 6. Intimidation: Hiroshima, the Japanese and the Soviets; 7. Indecision: floundering between collaboration and confrontation; 8. Transformation: Truman's foreign policy.

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