Allies and Adversaries The Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U. S. Strategy in World War II
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Description: During World War II the uniformed heads of the U.S. armed services assumed a pivotal and unprecedented role in the formulation of the nation's foreign policies. Organized soon after Pearl Harbor as the Joint Chiefs of Staff, these individuals were officially responsible only for the nation's military forces. During the war their functions came to encompass a host of foreign policy concerns, however, and so powerful did the military voice become on those issues that only the president exercised a more decisive role in their outcome. Drawing on sources that include the unpublished records of the Joint Chiefs as well as the War, Navy, and State Departments, Mark Stoler analyzes the wartime rise of military influence in U.S. foreign policy. He focuses on the evolution of and debates over U.S. and Allied global strategy. In the process, he examines military fears regarding America's major allies--Great Britain and the Soviet Union--and how those fears affected President Franklin D. Roosevelt's policies, interservice and civil-military relations, military-academic relations, and postwar national security policy as well as wartime strategy.
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Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 8/25/2003
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
|Abbreviations Code Names|
|The Armed Forces and National Policy before World War II|
|New Strategies and Policies for a Coalition War, 1939-1941|
|Civil-Military and Coalition Conflicts, February-December 1941|
|Global Strategy Reconsidered, December 1941-July 1942|
|The Great Strategic Debate, July 1942-January 1943|
|Britain as Adversary, January-October 1943|
|Russia as Ally and Enigma, December 1942-October 1943|
|Civil-Military Coordination and Conflict, February 1942-November 1943|
|The Big Two, October 1943-September 1944|
|National versus International Postwar Security and Civil-Military Relations, January 1944-January 1945|
|Second Thoughts on the Allies, September 1944-April 1945|
|Victory and Reassessment, April-August 1945|
|Aftermath and Conclusions|