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Eisenhower and American Public Opinion on China


Eisenhower and American Public Opinion on China



von: Mara Oliva

95,19 €

Verlag: Palgrave Macmillan
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 16.04.2018
ISBN/EAN: 9783319761954
Sprache: englisch

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In the 1950s, most of the American public opposed diplomatic and trade relations with Communist China; traditional historiography blames this widespread hostility for the tensions between China and the United States during Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency. In this book, Mara Oliva reconsiders the influence of U.S. public opinion on Sino-American relations, arguing that it is understudied and often misinterpreted. She shows how the Eisenhower administration’s hard line policy towards Beijing had been formulated in line with U.S. national security interests, not as a result of public pressure. However, the public did play a significant role in shaping the implementation, timing and political communication of Washington’s strategy, ultimately hampering relations with the Communist giant and seriously heightening the risk of nuclear conflict. Drawing together an extensive array of published and unpublished sources, this book offers a new prism for understanding one of the most difficult decades in the history of both countries.
1. Introduction2. America's Distorted Image of China3. Keeping Promises4. Challenge One: Dienbienphu and the Geneva Conference of 19545. Challenge Two: The First Taiwan Crisis of 1954–19556. A Missed Opportunity7. Hard Line Until the End8. Conclusions
Mara Oliva is Lecturer in U.S. History at the University of Reading, U.K.
In the 1950s, most of the American public opposed diplomatic and trade relations with Communist China; traditional historiography blames this widespread hostility for the tensions between China and the United States during Dwight D. Eisenhower’s presidency. In this book, Mara Oliva reconsiders the influence of U.S. public opinion on Sino-American relations, arguing that it is understudied and often misinterpreted. She shows how the Eisenhower administration’s hard line policy towards Beijing had been formulated in line with U.S. national security interests, not as a result of public pressure. However, the public did play a significant role in shaping the implementation, timing and political communication of Washington’s strategy, ultimately hampering relations with the Communist giant and seriously heightening the risk of nuclear conflict. Drawing together an extensive array of published and unpublished sources, this book offers a new prism for understanding one of the most difficult decades in the history of both countries.
Features an in-depth examination of the interaction between American public opinion and President Eisenhower’s foreign policy toward the People’s Republic of China

Offers new insights into Sino-American relations in the early Cold War

Appeals to scholars of diplomatic history, the history of Sino-American relations, Cold War history, and modern U.S. history

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