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A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

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A Cross of Iron provides the fullest account yet of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making through struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. President Harry S. Truman and his successor were in the middle of a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose, and their efforts determined the size and shape of the national security state that finally emerged.

Synopsis:

Discusses the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War.

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The National Security discourse: ideology, political culture, and statemaking; 2. Magna Charta: the National Security Act and the specter of the garrison state; 3. The high price of peace: guns and butter politics in the early Cold War; 4. The time tax: American political culture and the UMT debate; 5. ‘Chaos and conflict and carnage confounded’: budget battles and defense reorganization; 6. Preparing for permanent war: economy, science, and secrecy in the National Security state; 7. Turning point: NSC-68, the Korean War, and the national security response; 8. Semiwar: the Korean War and rearmament; 9. The Iron Cross: solvency, security, and the Eisenhower transition; 10. Other voices: the public sphere and the National Security mentality; 11. Conclusion.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521640442
Author:
Hogan, Michael J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Michael J., Hogan
Location:
Cambridge, UK ;
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to present)
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
National security
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Truman, harry s., 1884-1972
Subject:
Truman, harry s., pres. u. s. 1884-1972
Subject:
Presidents & Heads of State
Subject:
United States Foreign relations 1945-1953.
Subject:
Political culture -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - International Secur
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1945 to 2000)
Subject:
Truman, Harry S.
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19980831
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
540
Dimensions:
9.23x6.31x1.16 in. 1.90 lbs.

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