Kennedy's Quest for Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963 / Edition 1

Kennedy's Quest for Victory: American Foreign Policy, 1961-1963 / Edition 1

by Thomas G. Paterson
     
 

ISBN-10: 019504584X

ISBN-13: 9780195045840

Pub. Date: 02/28/1989

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

The first major reassessment of John F. Kennedy's foreign policy since his death, this volume of original essays compels new thinking about the 1960s. Basing their analysis on extensive research in archival documents and oral histories, twelve accomplished historians explore the primary foreign policy assumptions and objectives of Kennedy and his advisers. The

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The first major reassessment of John F. Kennedy's foreign policy since his death, this volume of original essays compels new thinking about the 1960s. Basing their analysis on extensive research in archival documents and oral histories, twelve accomplished historians explore the primary foreign policy assumptions and objectives of Kennedy and his advisers. The contributors examine the Cold War, global crisis, domestic politics, decision-making, personality and style, and historical lessons in shaping Kennedy's diplomacy.
This provocative volume explores such key issues as the Atlantic alliance, nuclear arms, United States economic hegemony, the Cuban missile crisis and the covert war against Fidel Castro, Third World neutralism, the Peace Corps, and the Vietnam War. The contributors also examine the Kennedy Administration's policies towards Latin America, Canada, the Middle East, South Asia, China, and Africa, and assess the costs and consequences of Kennedy's record. The Kennedy legacy included a deepening war in Vietnam, an accelerated nuclear arms race, excessive activism in the Third World, greater factionalism in the Atlantic community, and a globalism of overcommitment.
These well-researched essays challenge us to reckon with a past that has not always matched the selfless and self-satisfying image Americans have of their foreign policy and of Kennedy as their young, fallen hero who never had a chance to fulfill his goals. Identifying arrogance, ignorance, impatience, and exaggerations of the Communist threat as the factors that actually denied Kennedy the victory he craved, this study reveals that he had his chance—and he failed.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195045840
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1989
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

Table of Contents

The Authorsxiii
Introduction: John F. Kennedy's Quest for Victory and Global Crisis3
1.The Pursuit of Atlantic Community: Nuclear Arms, Dollars, and Berlin24
2.Defending Hegemony: American Foreign Economic Policy57
3.When Push Came to Shove: Canada and the United States86
4.Controlling Revolutions: Latin America, the Alliance for Progress, and Cold War Anti-Communism105
5.Fixation with Cuba: The Bay of Pigs, Missile Crisis, and Covert War Against Fidel Castro123
6.From Even-Handed to Empty-Handed: Seeking Order in the Middle East156
7.Clinging to Containment: China Policy178
8.Choosing Sides in South Asia198
9.The Failed Search for Victory: Vietnam and the Politics of War223
10.New Frontiers and Old Priorities in Africa253
11.Passing the Torch and Lighting Fires: The Peace Corps284
Abbreviations Used in the Notes317
Notes318
Selected Bibliography384
Index395

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