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The National Security: Its Theory and Practice, 1945-1960
     

The National Security: Its Theory and Practice, 1945-1960

by Norman a. Graebner (Editor)
 

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Based on a conference at West Point, this volume explores the national security policies developed by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations in response to the threat of Soviet expansionism. More pointed and analytic than any other book on the subject, it shows clearly that the makers of Cold War policy were motivated by fear. It also examines the nature of U.S.

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Based on a conference at West Point, this volume explores the national security policies developed by the Truman and Eisenhower administrations in response to the threat of Soviet expansionism. More pointed and analytic than any other book on the subject, it shows clearly that the makers of Cold War policy were motivated by fear. It also examines the nature of U.S. security policy and points to the growing gap between the ends and the means of global security policy—the goal of protecting Western democracy from the "Red Menace" by using a nuclear strategy with limited applications. The contributors, including David Alan Rosenberg, Lloyd C. Gardner, Martin J. Sherwin, and Gary W. Reichard explore such issues as how dependence on nuclear weapons became the central doctrine of American foreign policy, the bureaucratic and political context of U.S. security, Eisenhower's ongoing disputes with Army and Navy leaders over the security issue, the objections of Democrats to the evolving security strategy, and the limits of Cold War policy, particularly how the viewing of the Third World through a U.S.-Soviet prism impeded us from developing a truly global security policy. Written in an accessible, journalistic style, The National Security makes available a wealth of information on the Cold War period and offers insights into fears that dominate political thinking to this day.

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"A brilliant volume....Highly recommended for experts and novices alike."—Virginia Quarterly Review

"A superb collection of papers....Provides a fascinating background to the vital issue of Soviet-American relations."—International Law and Politics

"A worthy addition to the growing body of new scholarship dealing with the postwar years and in particular with the Eisenhower administration."—Political Science Quarterly

"All of the essays are well researched and well written....A valuable addition to the literature on this important period in the nation's history."—International Journal on World Peace

"[It] offers valuable insights into the relationship between foreign policy and military strategy during the presidencies of Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower."—American Historical Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195039870
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/28/1986
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)

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University of Virginia

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