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
Dan Margolies is Professor of History at Virginia Wesleyan College. He is the author of Henry Watterson and the New South: The Politics of Empire, Free Trade, and Globalization (2006) and Spaces of Law in American Foreign Relations: Extradition and Extraterritoriality in the Borderlands and Beyond, 1877-1898 (2011).
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