The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945

Edited by Andrew L. Johns and Mitchell B. Lerner with contributions by Andrew L. Johns, Autumn Lass, David L. Prentice, Christopher Foss, Daniel G. Hummel, Henry Maar, Tizoc Chavez, Hideaki Kami, Amanda C. Demmer, Rasmus Sinding Søndergaard, Michael Brenes, Simon Miles, and Mitchell B. Lerner

From President Truman’s use of a domestic propaganda agency to Ronald Reagan’s handling of the Soviet Union during his 1984 reelection campaign, the American political system has consistently exerted a profound effect on the country’s foreign policies. Americans may cling to the belief that “politics stops at the water’s edge,” but the reality is that parochial political interests often play a critical role in shaping the nation’s interactions with the outside world.
 
In The Cold War at Home and Abroad: Domestic Politics and US Foreign Policy since 1945, editors Andrew L. Johns and Mitchell B. Lerner bring together eleven essays that reflect the growing methodological diversity that has transformed the field of diplomatic history over the past twenty years. The contributors examine a spectrum of diverse domestic factors ranging from traditional issues like elections and Congressional influence to less frequently studied factors like the role of religion and regionalism, and trace their influence on the history of US foreign relations since 1945. In doing so, they highlight influences and ideas that expand our understanding of the history of American foreign relations, and provide guidance and direction for both contemporary observers and those who shape the United States’ role in the world.
 
This expansive volume contains many lessons for politicians, policy makers, and engaged citizens as they struggle to implement a cohesive international strategy in the face of hyper-partisanship at home and uncertainty abroad.
 
 
Author: 
Mitchell B. Lerner
Publisher: 
University Press of Kentucky
Book Cover
2018
Page Count: 
330
6 x 9