Though best known for his central part in the American war effort from 1939 to 1945, George C. Marshall's critical role in the early Cold War was probably at least as important in shaping the policies and politics of the postwar western world--and in cementing his place as a pivotal figure in twentieth-century American history. This book places Marshall squarely at the center of the story of the American century by examining his tenure in key policymaking positions during this period, including army chief of staff, special presidential envoy to China, secretary of state, and secretary of defense, among others.
George C. Marshall and the Early Cold War brings together a diverse and accomplished group of scholars--including military, diplomatic, and institutional historians--to explore how Marshall, Time magazine's "Man of the Year" in both 1943 and 1947 and the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize winner, molded debates on all the major issues of his day, such as universal military training, China's civil war, an independent air force, the National Security Act of 1947, nuclear weapons, European Recovery Program, North Atlantic Treaty, Korean War, and racial integration of the U.S. military. With a focus on Marshall's public service at the intersection of American policy, politics, and society, the authors provide a comprehensive historical account of his central role in shaping America during a tumultuous yet formative period in the nation's history. Their work fills a void in the scholarship of American military history and American history generally, providing context for the consideration of broader questions about American power and the place of the military within American society.
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- ISBN-13: 9780806165431
- ISBN-10: 080616543X
- Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
- Publish Date: June 2020
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.01 pounds
- Page Count: 310