Imperial Brotherhood: Gender and the Making of Cold War Foreign Policy

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 2003 - History - 329 pages
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An analysis of how culture, class and gender shaped American foreign policy during the Cold War. The author examines the institutions that shaped the members of the US foreign policy establishment, including all-male prep schools and Ivy-League universities.

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Page 25 - He was roughhousing in the hall a sixth former caught him, he led him in and all the sixth formers had a swat or two. Did the sixth formers lick him. O Man he was all blisters, they almost paddled the life out of him. What I wouldn't have given to be a sixth former. They have some pretty strong fellows up there if blisters have anything to do with it.
Page 39 - We drew recruits from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and many another college ; from clubs like the Somerset, of Boston, and Knickerbocker, of New York; and from among the men who belonged neither to club nor to college, but in whose veins the blood stirred with the same impulse which once sent the Vikings over sea.
Page 30 - ... is it by any means always, alas ! that the tendencies for evil are weakened and those for good strengthened. But during the last few decades there certainly have been some notable changes for good in boy life. The great growth in the love of athletic sports, for instance, while fraught with danger if it becomes one-sided and unhealthy, has beyond all question had an excellent effect in increased manliness.
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Dean is assistant professor of history at Eastern Washington University.

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