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Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Ira Chernus

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

For eight years President Dwight Eisenhower claimed to pursue peace and national security. Yet his policies entrenched the United States in a seemingly permanent cold war, a spiraling nuclear arms ... More


Conclusion: The National Insecurity State

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0015
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

President Dwight Eisenhower pursued the Edenic vision that had enlightened in his first months in office: a “free world” permanently stable, secure, and at peace due to its policies that were ... More


Introduction: On Eisenhower and Discourse

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The basic premises of “apocalypse management” are simple: The United States faces enemies who wish to, and very well may, destroy the nation and its way of life. This book reports the story of how ... More


The Spirit of Geneva

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the symbolic meanings of the Geneva summit. It is observed that the summit had created only one tangible outcome: a commitment to keep on talking. The U.S. media implored that ... More


The Ironies of Disarmament

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0014
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter elaborates the ironies of apocalypse management as they were apparent in the approach of President Dwight Eisenhower to disarmament. The fear of an apocalyptic surprise attack was one of ... More


The Formosa Straits Crisis

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter presents a discussion on the Formosa Straits crisis. The People's Republic of China (PRC) began shelling islands in the Formosa Straits occupied by the forces of Chiang Kai-shek. ... More


The New Look and “Atoms for Peace”

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter concentrates on one great speech, “Atoms for Peace.” The so-called New Look in the U.S. approach to the world was determined by new economic, political, geopolitical, and military ... More


Mutual Security and the Military Budget

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0012
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter reports the ironies of apocalypse management as they were manifest in President Dwight Eisenhower's approach to military budget, and mutual security. Eisenhower was vastly tormented that ... More


The President and the Bomb, 1956–1960

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter evaluates the ironies of apocalypse management as they were apparent in President Dwight Eisenhower's approach to nuclear weapons, which would be at the center of national security ... More


Beyond Geneva

in Apocalypse Management: Eisenhower and the Discourse of National Insecurity

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804758079
eISBN:
9780804768467
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804758079.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter describes the post-Geneva moves by President Dwight Eisenhower, whose administration was committed more strongly than ever to changing the balance of power, especially in Europe. ... More


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