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The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989

The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989

by David F SchmitzDavid F Schmitz
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Building on Schmitz's earlier work, Thank God They're on our Side, this is an examination of American policy toward right-wing dictatorships from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War. During the 1920s American leaders developed a policy of supporting authoritarian regimes because they were seen as stable, anti-communist, and capitalist. After 1965, however, American support for these regimes became a contested issue. The Vietnam War served to undercut the logic and rationale of supporting right-wing dictators. By systematically examining US support for right-wing dictatorships in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and bringing together these disparate episodes, this book examines the persistence of older attitudes, the new debates brought about by the Vietnam War, and the efforts to bring about changes and an end to automatic US support for authoritarian regimes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521678537
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2006
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 770,563
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

David F. Schmitz is the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He is the author of Thank God They're on our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921-1965; The Tet Offensive: Politics; War, and Public Opinion; Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man; and The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922-1940.

Table of Contents

1. No acceptable alternative: Mobutu in the Congo; 2. Degrading freedom: the Johnson administration and right-wing dictatorships; 3. Madmen: Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the quest for order; 4. Morality and diplomacy: the church committee and post-Vietnam foreign policy; 5. A fundamental tenet of foreign policy: Jimmy Carter and human rights; 6. What is the alternative?: the Reagan doctrine and authoritarian regimes; Conclusion.

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