Diplomacy of a New Age

Diplomacy of a New Age

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 200.66 x 12.7mm | 226.8g
  • United Kingdom
  • 0253200997
  • 9780253200990

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Based upon the Patten Foundation Lectures presented at Indiana University in 1966, and subtitled "Major Issues, in U.S. Policy Since 1945," the volume treats four main areas of its subject - all of them, naturally enough, within the larger context of the Cold War. These are: the Marshall Plan, the North Atlantic Pact, and overall U.S. policies towards Latin America on the one hand, and Asia on the other. An opening chapter describes the origins of the "rift" between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R., and a final section investigates their relations today, along with the possible developments of the next several decades. Dexter Perkins, Professor of American Civilization at Cornell until his retirement in 1959, has written a number of books on American policy, from the Monroe Doctrine onwards. As he points out in his preface, the study of contemporary foreign policy is a perilous pastime: in the first place, there is more material in print than one person could ever read, and secondly, most of the vital diplomatic correspondence is still unavailable. With this in mind, he has done a notably lucid job, in tracing out the basic patterns and steering a steady course between "extravagant hopes" and "exaggerated fears" for the future. (Kirkus Reviews)
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