China Threat Memories, Myths, and Realities in The 1950s

ISBN-10: 0231159250

ISBN-13: 9780231159258

Edition: 2014

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Nancy Bernkopf Tucker confronts the coldest period of the cold war -- the moment in which personality, American political culture, public opinion, and high politics came together to define the Eisenhower Administration's policy toward China. A sophisticated, multidimensional account based on prodigious, cutting edge research, this volume convincingly portrays Eisenhower's private belief that close relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China were inevitable and that careful consideration of the PRC should constitute a critical part of American diplomacy. Tucker provocatively argues that the Eisenhower Administration's hostile rhetoric and tough actions toward China obscure the president's actual views. Behind the scenes, Eisenhower and his Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, pursued a more nuanced approach, one better suited to China's specific challenges and the stabilization of the global community. Tucker deftly explores the contradictions between Eisenhower and his advisors' public and private positions. Her most powerful chapter centers on Eisenhower's recognition that rigid trade prohibitions would undermine the global postwar economic recovery and push China into a closer relationship with the Soviet Union. Ultimately, Tucker finds Eisenhower's strategic thinking on Europe and his fear of toxic, anticommunist domestic politics constrained his leadership, making a fundamental shift in U.S. policy toward China difficult if not impossible. Consequently, the president was unable to engage congress and the public effectively on China, ultimately failing to realize his own high standards as a leader.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 6/10/2014
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker is professor of history at Georgetown University and the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She is one of the nation's leading authorities on Sino-American relations and the author of Patterns in the Dustand Uncertain Friendships: Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States,winner of the Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.

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