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

Contents

Ideology Political Culture and State Making
1
The National Security Act and the Specter of the Garrison State
23
GunsandButter Politics in the Early Cold War
69
American Political Culture and the UMT Debate
119
Budget Battles and Defense Reorganization
159
Economy Science and Secrecy in the National Security State
209
NSC68 the Korean War and the National Security Response
265
The Korean War and Rearmament
315
Solvency Security and the Eisenhower Transition
366
The Public Sphere and the National Security Mentality
419
11 Conclusion
463
Untitled
475
Selected Bibliography
483
Index
507
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