To lead the free world : American nationalism and the cultural roots of the Cold War / John Fousek.

By: Fousek, John, 1959-Material type: TextTextPublisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2000Description: xiv, 253 p. : ill. ; 25 cmISBN: 0807825255 (cl : acid-free paper); 9780807825259 (cl : acid-free paper); 0807848360 (pbk.); 9780807848364 (pbk.)Subject(s): United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 -- Public opinion | United States -- Foreign relations -- 1945-1953 -- Philosophy | Nationalism -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Popular culture -- Political aspects -- United States -- History -- 20th century | Discourse analysis -- United States | Public opinion -- United States -- History -- 20th centuryAdditional physical formats: Online version:: To lead the free world.; Online version:: To lead the free world.DDC classification: 327.73/009/045 LOC classification: E813 | .F68 2000Other classification: 15.85
Contents:
The Moment of Victory -- The Meaning of Victory -- The Meaning of Global Responsibility -- Visual Essay: The Globe as American Icon -- From One World into Two -- Defining "Free World" Leadership -- Limited War, Global Struggle -- The Meaning of Korea.
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E813 .A75 1966 Atomic diplomacy: Hiroshima and Potsdam; E813 .A76 1970B Cold war essays. E813 .C63 1971 Cold war critics : E813 .F68 2000 To lead the free world : E813 .J6 1964 The fifteen weeks, February 21-June 5, 1947. E813 .M57 2007 From Roosevelt to Truman : E813 .M64 1982 In defense of the national interest :

Includes bibliographical references (p. [231]-239) and index.

1. The Moment of Victory -- 2. The Meaning of Victory -- 3. The Meaning of Global Responsibility -- Visual Essay: The Globe as American Icon -- 4. From One World into Two -- 5. Defining "Free World" Leadership -- 6. Limited War, Global Struggle -- The Meaning of Korea.

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Fousek's central thesis, that an American nationalist ideology provided the foundation for the public consensus that supported Cold War foreign policy, is advanced through an exploration of the public discourse of President Truman; citizens' letters to Truman; the mass media; African American organizations; and organized labor. Fousek argues that after WW II the US developed an ideology of national greatness and global responsibility. By 1947, this ideology existed within a world divided between the US and the USSR, and anticommunism joined the ideology from the third leg of "American nationalist globalism." Although black organizations and some unions sought to promote social justice and decolonization abroad, they accepted the basic thrust of the administration's policy to achieve support for their own domestic, reformist agenda. Fousek chastises blacks and labor for thus contributing to the lack of public debate on the merits of US containment policy. Although casting light on the importance of public culture, Fousek's samples are too narrow to support the broad conclusions he draws. He has illuminated only one small part of Cold War history, a subject that is far more complex than he allows. Undergraduate and graduate students. L. M. Lees; Old Dominion University

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