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Tudda explores the Eisenhower administration's pursuit of these two mutually exclusive diplomatic strategies and reveals how failure to reconcile them endangered the fragile peace of the 1950s. He builds his argument through three case studies: the administration's badgering the French and their allies to ratify the European Defense Community, its threat to liberate Eastern Europe from Moscow's rule, and its forcing the issue of German reunification. By emphasizing the threat from the Soviet Union, Eisenhower and Dulles were trying to promote an activist as opposed to isolationist foreign policy. But their rhetorical diplomacy intensified Cold War tensions with European allies as well as with Moscow and effectively overwhelmed the administration's true diplomatic aims.
Based on American, British, Eastern European, and Soviet primary sources—many only recently unearthed—The Truth Is Our Weapon is a major contribution to the historiography of Eisenhower's diplomacy and an important statement about the implications of public and private policymaking.
About the Author:
Chris Tudda is a historian with the U.S. Department of State. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
|1||"Ideas as a principal missile"||16|
|2||"Our heads in the sands"||29|
|3||The feebleness of alternatives||48|
|4||Re-enacting the story of Tantalus||74|
|5||An avalanche which nothing will be able to stop||102|