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Kennedy, Johnson, and the Nonaligned World

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  • Date Published: May 2014
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107449381

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  • In 1961, President John F. Kennedy initiated a bold new policy of engaging states that had chosen to remain nonaligned in the Cold War. In a narrative ranging from the White House to the western coast of Africa, to the shores of New Guinea, Robert B. Rakove examines the brief but eventful life of this policy during the presidencies of Kennedy and his successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson. Engagement initially met with real success, but it faltered in the face of serious obstacles, including colonial and regional conflicts, disputes over foreign aid, and the Vietnam War. Its failure paved the way for a lasting hostility between the United States and much of the nonaligned world, with consequences extending to the present. This book offers a sweeping account of a critical period in the relationship between the United States and the Third World.

    • Promises to spark new debate about the Kennedy administration, offering a provocative new thesis about JFK's approach to the postcolonial world
    • Stands to expand our understanding of the Johnson administration, looking at both Lyndon B. Johnson and the changing balance of influence within his White House
    • Offers useful case studies for specialists interested in US aid policy and responses to regional conflicts
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Historians of the Cold War have long criticized US leaders for unsophisticated and heavy-handed policies toward the Third World. Robert Rakove convincingly challenges this view, demonstrating that for a few years in the early 1960s, US decision makers embraced a remarkably nuanced, tolerant approach to India, Egypt, and other 'nonaligned' nations. The book fundamentally alters our understanding of John F. Kennedy and underscores the tragedy that occurred when subsequent presidents abandoned his approach. Anyone interested in the Cold War and the roots of present-day tensions between the United States and the developing world will gain much from this elegantly crafted, deeply researched study."
    Mark Atwood Lawrence, University of Texas, Austin

    "In recent years, the tangled course of the Cold War in the Third World has inspired a vigorous scholarly debate. This outstanding monograph, which examines the ultimately unsuccessful US efforts to gain the support and sympathy of the nonaligned nations, makes an essential contribution to that debate. Based on deep, multinational research, Robert Rakove's authoritative study gives us the fullest and most sophisticated study yet of the uneasy encounter between the United States and the nonaligned movement during a crucial decade."
    Robert J. McMahon, Ralph D. Merson Professor, Ohio State University

    "The nonaligned movement was one of the most important developments of the Cold War, and yet, as Robert Rakove notes in this stimulating and fascinating book, historians have paid it very little attention. By examining the Kennedy and Johnson administrations' approach to the nonaligned movement, Rakove helps fill a large gap in the existing literature."
    Andrew Preston, University of Cambridge

    "The best overview of US policy toward the Third World in the 1960[s] in existence - a true feat of scholarship and synthesis."
    O. A. Westad, author of Restless Empire: China and the World since 1750

    "… a well-crafted, clearly written overview based on a wide reading of documentary sources; it will add to the growing body of work that takes a more sympathetic attitude toward Kennedy's stewardship of US foreign policy."
    Matthew Jones, The Journal of American History

    "Robert Rakove has given us a precise and nuanced contribution to our understanding of how US foreign relations and the Cold War unfolded across Asia and Africa in the volatile and significant 1960s. All readers interested in the American relationship with the nonaligned movement will begin with this book."
    Thomas ('Tim') Borstelmann, The American Historical Review

    "… makes a solid argument about the differences between Kennedy and Johnson and their approaches to foreign policy … Rakove's book is exemplary and provides great insight … It will continue to provide a wealth of knowledge to scholars for years to come."
    Philip A. Goduti, Jr, Journal of Cold War Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107449381
    • length: 320 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Walking a tightrope': Eisenhower and nonalignment
    2. Rationales for engagement: the new frontiersmen approach nonalignment
    3. Conferences amid crises: the United States and nonalignment, 1961–2
    4. 'Getting the worst of both worlds': the United States and colonial conflicts
    5. The 'diffusion of power' and the spread of regional conflicts
    6. 'Our most difficult political battle': the question of aid
    7. 'A heavy burden for us to bear': the era of Vietnam
    8. 'A decent respect for the opinions of mankind'.

  • Author

    Robert B. Rakove, Stanford University, California
    Robert B. Rakove is Lecturer at Stanford University. He has held fellowships at the Miller Center for Public Affairs, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies at Ohio State University and the University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre. This is his first book.

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