A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 28, 2000 - History - 540 pages
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In A Cross of Iron, one of the country's most distinguished diplomatic historians provides a comprehensive account of the national security state that emerged in the first decade of the Cold War. Michael J. Hogan traces the process of state-making as it unfolded in struggles to unify the armed forces, harness science to military purposes, mobilize military manpower, control the defense budget, and distribute the cost of defense across the economy. At stake, Hogan argues, was a fundamental contest over the nation's political identity and postwar purpose. President Harry S. Truman and his successor were in the middle of this contest. According to Hogan, they tried to reconcile an older set of values with the new ideology of national security and the country's democratic traditions with its global obligations. Their efforts determined the size and shape of the national security state that finally emerged.

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A CROSS OF IRON: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State

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In an important contribution to modern US government and policy studies, Hogan (History/Ohio State Univ.) traces the development of America's national security apparatus in the first decade of the ... Read full review

A cross of iron: Harry S. Truman and the origins of the national security state, 1945-1954

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Hogan, a specialist in American diplomatic and national security studies, has written a complex but interesting work on the emergence of the national security state. To create this state, it was ... Read full review


Ideology Political Culture and State Making
The National Security Act and the Specter of the Garrison State
GunsandButter Politics in the Early Cold War
American Political Culture and the UMT Debate
Budget Battles and Defense Reorganization
Economy Science and Secrecy in the National Security State
NSC68 the Korean War and the National Security Response
The Korean War and Rearmament
Solvency Security and the Eisenhower Transition
The Public Sphere and the National Security Mentality
11 Conclusion
Selected Bibliography

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