Nixon-Kissinger Years: The Reshaping of American Foreign Policy / Edition 2

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From 1968 to 1976, the dominant issue of American foreign policy was attempting to formulate a response to steadily increasing Soviet military power. Yet, as a result of the mire of Watergate, clout in the area of US-Soviet relations during this period slipped from the hands of Richard Nixon to those of Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Richard Thornton argues that Watergate was a "set up" by John Mitchell and members of the Eastern wing of the Republican Party to oust Nixon. At the heart of Thornton's examination lies the assessment of how Kissinger was able to move the United States away from Nixon's traditional containment policy to "tri-lateralism" and a greater dependence on collective security organizations. This revised and expanded edition is a major contribution to the study of foreign affairs and it also serves as an critical balance to Kissinger's own volumes of memoirs.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887020681
  • Publisher: Paragon House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.03 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD C. THORNTON is professor of History and International Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs of The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A frequent commentator on current issues, Professor Thornton has served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of State, lecturer around the world for the United States Information Agency, and as a reserve officer for Air Force Intelligence, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.

Professor Thornton has written numerous books and articles on American foreign policy and international affairs, including: The Nixon-Kissinger Years: Reshaping America's Foreign Policy; China: A Political History, 1917-1980; Soviet Asian Strategy in the Brezhnev Era and Beyond; Is Detente Inevitable?; Soviet Strategy in the Vietnam War; and Detente IIā€”SALT III: American Dream or Nightmare?

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The Crisis of Containment: 1969-1972
1 President Nixon and the Shift to Modified Containment, 1969-1970 1
2 Alliance Crisis and the Road to Detente, 1970-1971 48
3 The Soviet Counterstrategy, 1971-1972 93
4 The Domestic Determinants of American Foreign Policy 145
5 Watergate and Vietnam 191
Pt. II Detente and Transition: The Kissinger Shogunate, 1973-1976
6 War and Realignment, the Middle East, 1973 223
7 Toward October and Yom Kippur 246
8 The Failure of Trilateralism: 1973-1976 280
9 Detente and Tripolar Politics, 1973-1976 317
10 Angola and Detente: The Politics of Desperation 356
Conclusion 393
Notes 397
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