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Useful Adversaries Grand Strategy, Domestic Mobilization, and Sino-American Conflict, 1947-1958

ISBN-10: 0691026378
ISBN-13: 9780691026374
Edition: 1997
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Book details

List price: $52.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/17/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

This book provides a new analysis of why relations between the United States and the Chinese Communists were so hostile in the first decade of the Cold War. Employing extensive documentation, it offers a fresh approach to long-debated questions such as why Truman refused to recognize the Chinese Communists, why the United States aided Chiang Kai-shek's KMT on Taiwan, why the Korean War escalated into a Sino-American conflict, and why Mao shelled islands in the Taiwan Straits in 1958, thus sparking a major crisis with the United States. Christensen first develops a novel two-level approach that explains why leaders manipulate low-level conflicts to mobilize popular support for expensive, long-term security strategies. By linking "grand strategy," domestic politics, and the manipulation of ideology and conflict, Christensen provides a nuanced and sophisticated link between domestic politics and foreign policy. He then applies the approach to Truman's policy toward the Chinese Communists in 1947-50 and to Mao's initiation of the 1958 Taiwan Straits Crisis. In these cases the extension of short-term conflict was useful in gaining popular support for the overall grand strategy that each leader was promoting domestically: Truman's limited-containment strategy toward the USSR and Mao's self-strengthening programs during the Great Leap Forward. Christensen also explores how such low-level conflicts can escalate, as they did in Korea, despite leaders' desire to avoid actual warfare.

Thomas J. Christensen is the William P. Boswell Professor of World Politics of Peace and War and Director of the China and the World Program at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. He is the author of "Useful Adversaries" (Princeton). From 2006-2008, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Note on Translation and Romanization
Introduction
Grand Strategy, National Political Power, and Two-Level Foreign Policy Analysis
Moderate Strategies and Crusading Rhetoric: Truman Mobilizes for a Bipolar World
Absent at the Creation: Acheson's Decision to Forgo Relations with the Chinese Communists
The Real Lost Chance in China: Nonrecognition, Taiwan, and the Disaster at the Yalu
Continuing Conflict over Taiwan: Mao, the Great Leap Forward, and the 1958 Quemoy Crisis
Conclusion
American Public Opinion Polls, 1947-1950
Mao's Korean War Telegrams
Bibliography
Index

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