READING NOTES--Leffler, pp. 266-397
- Throughout this chapter, does ML overstate the personal importance of
Acheson? Did it really matter who the secretary of state was?
- To what extent were HST's domestic concerns reconcilable with his foreign
- 266-273--good scene-setting intro to climate of time
- 273-277--impt theme--role of fiscal concerns in shaping US national security
policy in the early Cold War; would be tough to overstate this; HST at time
was a firm believer in the balanced budget idea, yet at the same time wanted
to increase defense spending
- 277--Harriman quote; given that it forms the basis for this book's title,
why does ML give to it such a degree of importance?
- 277-286--read fairly closely; once again, we return to the importance of
- 286-291--skim; diplomatic events in ME
- 291-298--read clsoely, but less for what was going on in China than for
the domestic events that it caused. Was the approach offered by the China
Lobby compatible with the isolationist sentiments of the pre-WWII period?
- 298--304--impt for continued, and growing connection, between policy
toward Japan and policy toward SE Asia, what the historian Michael Schaller
has called the "Great Crescent" theory of containing Asian
- 304-311--give this "budgetary conundrum," who had predominance
over the making of policy?
- NSC-68--I'll be going over the bureaucratic angle in class; by far the
most important text is that of Ernest May; this
site has a brief summary and some questions to consider about the
- 312-314--again the personal angle--does ML overstate the effect of the
shift from Kennan to Nitze?
- 314-323--some hard-core economics material here; skim it unless you're an
Ec major and actually like this stuff!
- 323-333--this section is terribly impt; good illustration of the continued
confusion through which HST policymakers approached nuclear policy, even
after the tensions with the USSR had begun to harden
- 333-341--also impt; what accounted for the changing approach toward Japan?
- 341-344--skim; you probably know the basics of the McCarthy story
- 344-355--skimmable also; basic summary of diplomatic events around the
globe late 1949
- 355-360--very impt; just how signficiant was NSC-68?
- This chapter should be read quite closely; I won't be covering the Korean
War in too much detail in class, and it's my expectation you'll get most of
your coverage of the war from this chapter.