Beyond the Cold War: Lyndon Johnson and the New Global Challenges of the 1960s

Paperback | January 30, 2014

EditorFrancis J. Gavin, Mark Atwood Lawrence

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In writing about international affairs in the 1960s, historians have naturally focused on the Cold War. The decade featured perilous confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union over Berlin and Cuba, the massive buildup of nuclear stockpiles, the escalation of war in Vietnam,and bitter East-West rivalry throughout the developing world. As the world historical force of globalization has quickened and deepened, however, historians have begun to see that many of the global challenges that we face todayBeyond the Cold War examines how the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson responded to this changing international landscape. To what extent did U.S. leaders understand these changes? How did they prioritize these issues alongside the geostrategic concerns that dominated their daily agendasand the headlines of the day? How successfully did Americans grapple with these long-range problems, with what implications for the future? What lessons lie in the efforts of Johnson and his aides to cope with a new and inchoate agenda of problems? By reconsidering the 1960s, this work suggests a new research agenda predicated on the idea that the Cold War was not the only - or perhaps even the most important - feature of international life in the postwar period.

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In writing about international affairs in the 1960s, historians have naturally focused on the Cold War. The decade featured perilous confrontations between the United States and the Soviet Union over Berlin and Cuba, the massive buildup of nuclear stockpiles, the escalation of war in Vietnam,and bitter East-West rivalry throughout the ...

Francis J. Gavin is the Frank Stanton Chair in Nuclear Security Policy Studies in the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of Gold, Dollars, and Power: The Politics of International Monetary Relations, 1958-1971 and Nuclear Statecraft: History and Strategy in America's Atomic Age. Mar...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:January 30, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsContributorsFrancis J. Gavin and Mark Atwood Lawrence: IntroductionPart I: Thinking Beyond East and West1. Daniel Sargent: Lyndon Johnson and the Challenges of Economic Globalization2. Patrick O. Cohrs: Toward a New Deal for the World? Lyndon Johnson's Aspirations to Renew the Twentieth Century's Pax American3. Thomas A. Schwartz: Moving Beyond the Cold War: The Johnson Administration, Bridge-Building, and DetentePart II: Internationalizing the Great Society4. Sheyda Jahanbani: One Global War on Poverty: The Johnson Administration Fights Poverty at Home and Abroad, 1964-19685. Nick Cullather: LBJ's Third War: The War on Hunger6. Matthew Connelly: LBJ and World Population: Planning the Greater Society One Family at a Time7. Erez Manela: Globalizing the Great Society: Lyndon Johnson and the Pursuit of Smallpox EradicationPart III: Adapting to a World of Scarcity8. Tom Robertson: Thinking Globally: U.S. Foreign Aid, Paul Ehrlich, and the Emergence of Environmentalism in the 1960s9. Christopher R. W. Dietrich: "More a Gun at Our Heads than Theirs": The 1967 Arab Oil Embargo, Third World Raw Materials Sovereignty, and American DiplomacyPart IV: Shifting Moralities10. Sarah B. Snyder: The Rise of Human Rights during the Johnson Years11. Andrew Preston: Globalized Faith, Radicalized Religion, and the Domestic Sources of U.S. Foreign Policy