Beyond the Cold War: Lyndon Johnson and the New Global by Francis J. Gavin, Mark Atwood Lawrence

By Francis J. Gavin, Mark Atwood Lawrence

In writing approximately foreign affairs within the Nineteen Sixties, historians have clearly interested by the chilly battle. the last decade featured perilous confrontations among the USA and the Soviet Union over Berlin and Cuba, the large buildup of nuclear stockpiles, the escalation of warfare in Vietnam, and sour East-West contention through the constructing international. because the global old strength of globalization has quickened and deepened, besides the fact that, historians have began to work out that some of the worldwide demanding situations that we are facing today

Beyond the chilly War examines how the management of President Lyndon B. Johnson spoke back to this altering overseas panorama. To what volume did U.S. leaders comprehend those adjustments? How did they prioritize those concerns along the geostrategic issues that ruled their day-by-day agendas and the headlines of the day? How effectively did american citizens grapple with those long-range difficulties, with what implications for the long run? What classes lie within the efforts of Johnson and his aides to deal with a brand new and inchoate schedule of difficulties? by way of reconsidering the Sixties, this paintings indicates a brand new study time table predicated at the concept that the chilly struggle used to be now not the single - or maybe even an important - characteristic of overseas existence within the postwar interval.

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During 1965, he had sounded this theme with progressive urgency. In February, Martin had warned Congress about the need to adjust both economic and military policies in pursuit of international equilibrium. 7 In a June 1965 speech at Columbia University Martin warned that economic conditions in the mid-1960s had come to resemble those of the late 1920s, prior to the Wall Street Crash. 8 Thanks to its own endemic deficits, Martin continued, the US government was increasingly unable to sustain its leading responsibilities in the international monetary system.

Although he probably never heard the word (likely the last US president of whom this could be said), Lyndon Johnson had to face up to the dilemmas of a new era of globalization. While the United States under LBJ was more defensive of its domestic economic autonomy than were most of its allies, with the possible exception of Great Britain, virtually all Western governments in the 1960s, with the prominent exception of France, remained committed to the dollar-dependent, state-centric Bretton Woods paradigm.

21. Letter From the Chairman of the Task Force on Foreign Economic Policy (Kaysen) to Johnson, November 25, 1964, FRUS 1964–1968, vol. VIII, no. 18. 22. For example, Report from the Cabinet Committee on Balance of Payments to President Johnson, Undated (1965), FRUS 1964–1968, vol. VIII, no. 33. The documents collected in this volume reveal just how important an issue tourist spending was for the balance of payments in the 1960s. 23. Marshall McLuhan, The Gutenberg Galaxy: The Making of Typographic Man (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1962).

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