By Hal M. Friedman
Many historians of U.S. overseas kinfolk consider the post-World struggle II interval as a time while the U.S., as an anti-colonial strength, recommended collective safeguard throughout the United countries and denounced territorial aggrandizement. but among 1945 and 1947, the USA violated its wartime rhetoric and in its place sought an imperial option to its postwar safeguard difficulties in East Asia through buying unilateral keep watch over of the western Pacific Islands and dominating impact in the course of the complete Pacific Basin. This specified examine examines American overseas coverage from the start of the Truman management to the implementation of Containment in the summertime and fall of 1947. As a case learn of the Truman Administration's Early chilly warfare efforts, it explores pre-Containment coverage in gentle of U.S. defense matters vis-a-vis the Pearl Harbor Syndrome.
The American pursuit of a safe Pacific Basin was once inconsistent on the time with its international coverage towards different parts of the area. therefore, the consolidation of energy during this zone used to be an exception to the avowed target of a multilateral reaction to the guidelines of the Soviet Union. this instance of nationwide or strategic defense went a lot extra than uncomplicated army regulate; it integrated the cultural assimilation of the indigenous inhabitants and the unilateral exclusion of all different powers. interpreting conventional archival documents in a brand new mild, Friedman additionally investigates the persisting American notions of a Westward relocating frontier that stretches past North American territorial bounds.
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Creating an American Lake: United States Imperialism and Strategic Security in the Pacific Basin, 1945-1947 (Contributions in Military Studies) by Hal M. Friedman