foreign policy, seemed assured, not because of American alliances or military strength but because of the distance between America and any potential enemy. Bers of American troops to China. Shelves: 2-kewl-4-skewl, 2011, commercial-imperialism, cuba, delighted-states, diplomacy, england, espionage, germany, global, this felt like a book of two halves. Before World War II most Americans believed in a natural harmony of interests between nations, assumed that there was a common commitment to peace, and argued that no nation or people could profit from a war.
In all the world only the United States had a healthy economy, an intact physical plant capable of mass production of goods, and excess capital. Nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them became the pivot around which much of the Cold War revolved. The United States had military alliances with fifty nations, over a million soldiers, airmen, and sailors stationed in more than 100 countries, and an offensive capability sufficient to destroy the world many times over. The United States of the Cold War period, like ancient Rome, was concerned with all political problems in the world. Arguably the insouciant editing and inelegant prose gives the text a degree of accessibility however this was certainly not the 'classic' I had been led to expect.more). This shift emphasized the fundamentally changed nature of the American economy, from self-sufficiency to increasing dependency on others for basic supplies. That meant stationing troops and missiles overseas. Introduction, iN 1939, ON THE EVE OF world WAR II, THE united states HAD AN army of 185,000 men with an annual budget of less than 500 million.
America had no entangling alliances and no American troops were stationed in any foreign country. At the conclusion of World War II, America was on a high. Ambrose is Director Emeritus of the Eisenhower Center, retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans, and president of the National D-Day Museum. Conservatives like Senator Robert Taft doubted that such a goal was obtainable, and old New Dealers like Henry Wallace argued that it could only be achieved at the cost of domestic reform. It was a general realization that, given the twin restraints of fears of provoking a Russian nuclear strike and Americas reluctance to use her full military power, there was relatively little the United States could accomplish by force of arms. The budget of the Department of Defense was over 300 billion.
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For the first time in its history the United States could be threatened from abroad. Above all, the United States had a monopoly on the atomic bomb. The Cold War came about because the United States and the.S.S.R. After World War II, the nation adopted a policy of massive rearmament and collective security as a way to avoid another war. Were deeply suspicious of each other, and with good reason. The disorderly expansion and the astronomical growth of areas defined as constituting a vital American interest seemed to Washington, Wall Street, and the Pentagon to be entirely normal and natural. Not until the late sixties did large numbers of Americans learn the costly lesson salvation Interpretations that the power to destroy is not the power to control. The loss of even one country to Communism, therefore, while not in itself a threat to American physical security, carried implications that officials in Washington found highly disturbing.