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By Hal M. Friedman

Many historians of U.S. overseas relatives ponder the post-World warfare II interval as a time whilst the USA, as an anti-colonial strength, recommended collective safety during the United countries and denounced territorial aggrandizement. but among 1945 and 1947, the U.S. violated its wartime rhetoric and as a substitute sought an imperial method to its postwar defense difficulties in East Asia through buying unilateral keep an eye on of the western Pacific Islands and dominating effect through the complete Pacific Basin. This certain learn examines American overseas coverage from the start of the Truman management to the implementation of Containment in the summertime and fall of 1947. As a case examine of the Truman Administration's Early chilly warfare efforts, it explores pre-Containment coverage in gentle of U.S. defense issues vis-a-vis the Pearl Harbor Syndrome.

The American pursuit of a safe Pacific Basin was once inconsistent on the time with its international coverage towards different components of the area. hence, the consolidation of energy during this sector was once an exception to the avowed objective of a multilateral reaction to the rules of the Soviet Union. this instance of nationwide or strategic safeguard went a lot extra than basic army keep an eye on; it incorporated the cultural assimilation of the indigenous inhabitants and the unilateral exclusion of all different powers. interpreting conventional archival files in a brand new mild, Friedman additionally investigates the persisting American notions of a Westward relocating frontier that stretches past North American territorial bounds.

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