President Roosevelt And The Coming Of The War, 1941

President Roosevelt And The Coming Of The War, 1941

by Charles Austin Beard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765809982

ISBN-13: 9780765809988

Pub. Date: 05/01/2003

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Conceived by Charles Beard as a sequel to his provocative study of American Foreign Policy in the Making, 1932-1940, President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War outraged a nation, permanently damaging Beard's status as America's most influential historian.

Beard's main argument is that both Democratic and Republican leaders, but Roosevelt

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Conceived by Charles Beard as a sequel to his provocative study of American Foreign Policy in the Making, 1932-1940, President Roosevelt and the Coming of the War outraged a nation, permanently damaging Beard's status as America's most influential historian.

Beard's main argument is that both Democratic and Republican leaders, but Roosevelt above all, worked quietly in 1940 and 1941 to insinuate the United States into the Second World War. Basing his work on available congressional records and administrative reports, Beard concludes that FDR's image as a neutral, peace-loving leader was a smokescreen, behind which he planned for war against Germany and Japan even well before the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Beard contends that the distinction between aiding allies in Europe like Great Britain and maintaining strict neutrality with respect to nations like Germany and Japan was untenable. Beard does not argue that all nations were alike, or that some did and others did not merit American support, but rather that Roosevelt chose to aid Great Britain secretly and unconstitutionally rather than making the case to the American public. President Roosevelt shifted from a policy of neutrality to one of armed intervention, but he did so without surrendering the appearance, the fiction of neutrality. This core argument makes the work no less explosive in 2003 than it was when first issued in 1948.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765809988
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Edition description:
New Introduction
Pages:
650
Sales rank:
1,443,121
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Transaction Introduction
Prefatory Note
Pt. IAppearances
IMoral Commitments for the Conduct of Foreign Affairs in 19413
IIRepresentations of Lend-Lease Aid to the Allies13
IIIPatrolling as Appearances69
IVThe Atlantic Conference - Appearances118
V"In Case of Attack" in the Atlantic133
VINo Call for "Any Declaration of War"156
VIIAppearances of Relations with Japan176
VIIIThe Attack - Official Explanation209
Pt. IIUnveiling Realities
IXThe Beginning of Revelations233
XThe Official Thesis Challenged in Congress and the Press250
XIArmy and Navy Boards Undermine the Official Thesis298
XIIA Congressional Committee Probes the Records and Reports326
Pt. IIIRealities as Described by the Pearl Harbor Documents
XIIIEngineering the Official Thesis of Guilt377
XIVSecret War Decisions and Plans407
XVActualities of the Atlantic Conference452
XVI"Complicated Moves" in Relations with Japan483
XVIIManeuvering the Japanese into Firing the First Shot517
Pt. IVEpilogue
XVIIIInterpretations Tested by Consequences573
Index599

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