The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1965-1989

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 13, 2006 - History
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Building on Schmitz's earlier work, Thank God They're on our Side, this is an examination of American policy toward right-wing dictatorships from the 1960s to the end of the Cold War. During the 1920s American leaders developed a policy of supporting authoritarian regimes because they were seen as stable, anti-communist, and capitalist. After 1965, however, American support for these regimes became a contested issue. The Vietnam War served to undercut the logic and rationale of supporting right-wing dictators. By systematically examining US support for right-wing dictatorships in Africa, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, and bringing together these disparate episodes, this book examines the persistence of older attitudes, the new debates brought about by the Vietnam War, and the efforts to bring about changes and an end to automatic US support for authoritarian regimes.
 

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Contents

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Modernization and Authoritarianism
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remained on the payroll of the CIA His stature was
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Events overran any US planning when on 1 October 1965
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discovered in response to the colonels coup in Greece these
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A Grievous Defeat in Chile
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campaignto end the war in a way that we could
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same year the Idaho senator chaired the Senate Select Committee
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Fords actions were nonetheless popular with the public The White
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the committee highlighted the 1954 Doolittle Report President Eisenhower had
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Bundy however was not willing to give up on the
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revelations aboutthe American role in the overthrow of the Allende
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used in fashioning policy toward the Peoples Republic of China
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to contain communism worldwide Thusthe covert operations were continued
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Constructive Engagement and South Africa
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David F. Schmitz is the Robert Allen Skotheim Chair of History at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He is the author of Thank God They're on our Side: The United States and Right-Wing Dictatorships, 1921–1965; The Tet Offensive: Politics; War, and Public Opinion; Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man; and The United States and Fascist Italy, 1922–1940.

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