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The China Threat: Memories, Myths, and Realities in the 1950s

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker


This book confronts the coldest period of the Cold War—the moment in which personality, American political culture, public opinion, and high politics came together to define the Eisenhower administration's policy toward China. It convincingly portrays Dwight D. Eisenhower's private belief that close relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China (PRC) were inevitable and that careful consideration of the PRC should constitute a critical part of American diplomacy. The book argues that the Eisenhower administration's hostile rhetoric and tough actions toward China obscur ... More

Keywords: diplomacy, Cold War, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Eisenhower administration, People's Republic of China, John Foster Dulles, trade prohibitions, economic recovery, Soviet Union

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780231159241
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159241.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nancy Bernkopf Tucker, author