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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.

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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 contested the nation’s political identity and postwar purpose, and 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 and acknowledgements; 1. The National Security discourse: ideology, political culture and state making; 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; Selected bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521795371
Author:
Hogan, Michael J.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
New York
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
International Security
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/50s
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century/Nuclear Age
Subject:
Truman, harry s., 1884-1972
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:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Pages:
540
Dimensions:
9.12x6.07x1.27 in. 1.70 lbs.

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