Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia

October 24, 2017|
Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia by Eugene Ford
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The groundbreaking account of U.S. clandestine efforts to use Southeast Asian Buddhism to advance Washington’s anticommunist goals during the Cold War

How did the U.S. government make use of a “Buddhist policy” in Southeast Asia during the Cold War despite the American principle that the state should not meddle with religion? To answer this question, Eugene Ford delved deep into an unprecedented range of U.S. and Thai sources and conducted numerous oral history interviews with key informants. Ford uncovers a riveting story filled with U.S. national security officials, diplomats, and scholars seeking to understand and build relationships within the Buddhist monasteries of Southeast Asia.

This fascinating narrative provides a new look at how the Buddhist leaderships of Thailand and its neighbors became enmeshed in Cold War politics and in the U.S. government’s clandestine efforts to use a predominant religion of Southeast Asia as an instrument of national stability to counter communist revolution.
Eugene Ford received a PhD in history from Yale University, winning the Arthur and Mary Wright Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the field of history outside the United States or Europe.
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Title:Cold War Monks: Buddhism And America's Secret Strategy In Southeast Asia
Format:Hardcover
Product dimensions:392 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.81 in
Shipping dimensions:392 pages, 9.25 X 6.12 X 1.81 in
Published:October 24, 2017
Publisher:Yale University Press
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780300218565

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