A Companion to Harry S. Truman

A Companion to Harry S. Truman


632 Pages


With contributions from the most accomplished scholars in the field, this fascinating companion to one of America's pivotal presidents assesses Harry S. Truman as a historical figure, politician, president and strategist.
  • Assembles many of the top historians in their fields who assess critical aspects of the Truman presidency
  • Provides new approaches to the historiography of Truman and his policies
  • Features a variety of historiographic methodologies



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Published 30 July 2012
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EAN13 9781118300756
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Language English

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List of Illustrations ix
Notes on Contributors xi
Acknowledgments xvii
Introduction 1
Daniel S. Margolies
Part I Considering Truman in Historical Perspective 7
1 Truman in Historical, Popular, and Political Memory 9
Sean J. Savage
2 Rhetoric and Style of Truman’s Leadership 26
Steven Casey
Part II Enduring Questions 47
3 Anxieties of Empire and the Truman Administration 49
Jeremi Suri
4 Harry S. Truman and the Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb 67
Sean L. Malloy
5 The Origins of the Cold War in International Perspective 87
Amanda Kay McVety
Part III Truman, the State, and the World System 109
6 Exporting the American Experience: Global Economic Governance and the Foreign Economic Policy of the Truman Administration 111
Francine McKenzie
7 NSC-68 and the National Security State 131
Curt Cardwell
8 Strategists and Rhetoricians: Truman’s Foreign Policy Advisers 159
Benjamin A. Coates
Part IV The Truman Presidency and the Shaping of Postwar American Society 189
9 Truman, Reconversion, and the Emergence of the Post-World War II Consumer Society 191
Susannah Walker
10 The Fair Deal 210
Jason Scott Smith
11 The Election of 1948 222
Dean J. Kotlowski
12 The Truman Administration and the Public Policy of Civilian Defense: Making the Best of a Nightmare 246
Andrew D. Grossman
13 The Environmental History of the Truman Years, 1945–53 260
Mark Harvey
14 Truman and Civil Rights 287
Jeffrey L. Littlejohn and Charles H. Ford
Part V Truman’s Foreign Policy 303
15 Great Britain and American Hegemony 305
Kathleen Britt Rasmussen
16 The Truman Doctrine 327
Elizabeth Edwards Spalding
17 Harry S. Truman and the Marshall Plan 347
Robert H. Landrum
18 Truman and the Middle East 362
Kelly J. Shannon
19 Harry S. Truman’s Latin American Policy 389
Michael Donoghue
20 Truman and NATO 410
Stephanie Trombley Averill
21 Truman, the United Nations, and the Origins of the Postwar World Order 428
Robert McGreevey
22 The Truman Administration and Cold War Neutrals 436
T. Michael Ruddy
23 The Legacies of Nuremberg in International Law and American Policy 453
Jinee Lokaneeta
Part VI America and the Postwar Pacific Rim 463
24 The Occupation of Japan: A History of Its Histories 465
Hiroshi Kitamura
25 The Birth of a Rivalry: Sino-American Relations During the Truman Administration 484
Gregg Brazinsky
26 Conflicts in Korea 498
James I. Matray
27 Setting the Pattern: The Truman Administration and Southeast Asia 532
Mark Atwood Lawrence
References 553
Further Reading 598
Index 605