Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms

Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms

by Denise M. Bostdorff
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Texas A&M University Press

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Proclaiming the Truman Doctrine: The Cold War Call to Arms

With these words, Harry S. Truman announced a profound shift in U.S. foreign policy toward the Soviet Union, from a position of strained alliance to one of containment. Many historians have traced the beginning of the Cold War to this decisive speech and its policy aftermath.

Now, Denise M. Bostdorff considers President Truman's March 12, 1947 address to a joint session of Congress in its rhetorical, political, personal, and historical context. She focuses on the public and private language that influenced administration perceptions about the precipitating events in Greece and Turkey and explores the news management campaign that set the stage for Truman's speech. Bostdorff even examines how the president's health may have influenced his policy decision and how it affected his delivery of the address and campaign for congressional approval.

After a rhetorical analysis of the Truman Doctrine speech, the book ends with Bostdorff's conclusions on its near- and long-term impact. She identifies themes announced by Truman that resound in U.S. foreign policy down to the present day, when George W. Bush has compared his policies in the war on terror to those of Truman, and members of his administration have compared Bush to Truman.

This important work is a major contribution to scholarship on the presidency, political science, and public rhetoric.

About the Author:
Denise M. Bostdorff is a professor of communication at The College of Wooster. She is the author of The Presidency and the Rhetoric of Foreign Crisis and is also a contributor to two volumes in Texas A&M University Press's Presidential Rhetoric Series. Her Ph.D. is from Purdue University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603440349
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Series: Library of Presidential Rhetoric Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
Special Message to the Congress on Greece and Turkey: Wednesday, March 12, 1947, 1:00 p.m.     1
Prelude to Cold War Crisis     9
Turning Points, 1945-47     16
The Campaign Begins: Advance Work of Congressional Consultation and News Management     61
Opportunity through Threat: The Evolution and Crisis Promotion of the Truman Doctrine Speech     91
Reflections on the Truman Doctrine Speech     134
Notes     153
Bibliography     175
Index     187

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