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Eisenhower and American public opinion on China

Author: Oliva Mara
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Oliva Mara
ISBN: 3319761951 9783319761954
OCLC Number: 1059044622
Description: 1 online resource (230 pages)
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. America's Distorted Image of China --
3. Keeping Promises --
4. Challenge One: Dienbienphu and the Geneva Conference of 1954 --
5. Challenge Two: The First Taiwan Crisis of 1954-1955 --
6. A Missed Opportunity --
7. Hard Line Until the End --
8. Conclusions.
Responsibility: Oliva Mara.

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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 Drawing together an extensive array of published and unpublished sources, this book offers a new prism for understanding one of the most difficult decades in the history of both countries.

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