The Diplomats, 1939-1979

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This volume offers a unique perspective on a turbulent and dangerous age by focusing on the activities and accomplishments of its diplomats. Its twenty-three interconnected essays discuss the policies of ambassadors, foreign ministers, and heads of state from Acheson and Adenauer to Sadat and Gromyko, as well as the special problems of the professionals in the foreign offices and the role of the media in modern diplomacy. Among its contributors are such distinguished international scholars as Akira Iriye, Michael...

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Overview

This volume offers a unique perspective on a turbulent and dangerous age by focusing on the activities and accomplishments of its diplomats. Its twenty-three interconnected essays discuss the policies of ambassadors, foreign ministers, and heads of state from Acheson and Adenauer to Sadat and Gromyko, as well as the special problems of the professionals in the foreign offices and the role of the media in modern diplomacy. Among its contributors are such distinguished international scholars as Akira Iriye, Michael Brecher, Stanley Hoffmann, W. W. Rostow, and Norman Stone.

Expanding the field of inquiry covered by its acclaimed predecessor, The Diplomats, 1919-1939, which concentrated on Europe and the coming of the Second World War, these essays showcase the major diplomatic practitioners of the period against the broader background of the problems and crises that confronted them--among others, the Polish question at the end of World War II, the onset of the Cold War, the defeat of EDC in 1954, the Suez crisis, Khrushchev's Berlin note in 1958, the Middle East War of 1967 and the oil shock of 1973, the Iranian revolution, and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. This account of the pendular swing from crisis to detente and back again is given a global perspective by careful treatment of the diplomacy of new nations like India, Communist China, and Israel, and of the transformation of the Middle East and Japan.

Among the new perspectives offered here are Geoffrey Warner's critical view of Ernest Bevin's attitude toward the United States, John Lewis Gaddis's judgment of Henry Kissinger's detente policy, W. W. Rostow's analysis of the diplomatic method of Paul Monnet, Rena Fonseca's assessment of Nehru's policy of nonalignment, Shu Guang Zhang's fresh look at the relationship between Zhou Enlai and Mao, and Paul Gordon Lauren's critique of U.N. crisis management from Trygve Lie to Perez de Cuellar. Highly original also are Steven Miner's portrait of Molotov, Michael Brecher's pioneering study of the diplomacy of Abba Eben, and James McAdams's analysis of German Ostpolitik.

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This is a worthy successor to the classic The Diplomats, 1919-1939 (1953), which Craig coedited with Felix Gilbert. Craig and Lowenheim, who have both published extensively on modern European history, have gathered together an outstanding group of prominent historians and commentators, including such well-known scholars as Richard Challener, Stanley Hoffmann, Akira Iriye, Ernest R. May, and W.W. Rostow, to draft significant essays treating a wide range of foreign policy issues of the period. Casting a wider interpretive net than the earlier volume, The Diplomats, 1939-1979 considers diplomats throughout the world, including India's Jawaharlal Nehru, China's Zhou Enlai, and Egypt's Anwar Sadat. Familiar names like John Foster Dulles, Ernest Bevin, Konrad Adenauer, Dean Acheson, Charles de Gaulle, Dean Rusk, Henry Kissinger, and Andrei Gromyko also receive their due. Of particular interest is Ernest May's discussion of the impact of the news media on the conduct of diplomacy. This excellent collection by long-established and well-regarded figures in the academic community is essential for all academic and large public libraries.-Ed Goedeken, Iowa State Univ. Lib., Ames
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691036137
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/6/1994
  • Pages: 725
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.59 (h) x 1.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Contributors
Introduction 3
Ch. 1 Diplomats and Diplomacy During the Second World War 11
Ch. 2 The U.S. Department of State from Hull to Acheson 38
Ch. 3 His Master's Voice: Viacheslav Mikhailovich Molotov as Stalin's Foreign Commissar 65
Ch. 4 Ernest Bevin and British Foreign Policy, 1945-1951 103
Ch. 5 The Moralist as Pragmatist: John Foster Dulles as Cold War Strategist 135
Ch. 6 The Road to Suez: The British Foreign Office and the Quai d'Orsay, 1951-1957 167
Ch. 7 Konrad Adenauer and His Diplomats 201
Ch. 8 The Foreign Policy of Charles de Gaulle 228
Ch. 9 Jean Monnet: The Innovator as Diplomat 257
Ch. 10 Adam Rapacki and the Search for European Security 289
Ch. 11 Japan Returns to the World: Yoshida Shigeru and His Legacy 321
Ch. 12 In the Shadow of Mao: Zhou Enlai and New China's Diplomacy 337
Ch. 13 Nehru and the Diplomacy of Nonalignment 371
Ch. 14 Eban and Israeli Foreign Policy: Diplomacy, War, and Disengagement 398
Ch. 15 Sadat: The Calculus of War and Peace 436
Ch. 16 The Diplomats and Diplomacy of the United Nations 459
Ch. 17 Dean Rusk and the Diplomacy of Principle 499
Ch. 18 The New Diplomacy of the West German Ostpolitik 537
Ch. 19 Rescuing Choice from Circumstance: The Statecraft of Henry Kissinger 564
Ch. 20 Andrei Gromyko as Foreign Minister: The Problems of a Decaying Empire 593
Ch. 21 Soviet Ambassadors from Maiskii to Dobrynin 609
Ch. 22 From Helsinki to Afghanistan: American Diplomats and Diplomacy, 1975-1979 629
Ch. 23 The News Media and Diplomacy 665
Afterword 701
Index 707
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