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“More Royalist than the Queen”

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

in Betting on the Africans

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396096
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932672 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.003.0001
“More Royalist than the Queen”

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To contextualize the changes that Kennedy brought to US foreign policy toward Africa, the first chapter reviews the African policies of his predecessor Dwight D. Eisenhower. The general-turned-president had no personal interest in Africa, nor did he fully realize the potential strategic value of improving US relations with the recently decolonized continent. For these reasons, Eisenhower was indifferent toward African states as a whole and antagonistic toward any African state not willing to stand squarely behind the United States in the Cold War.

Keywords: Eisenhower; Dulles; Africa; Nationalism; Nasser; Tubman; Algeria; Nkrumah; Touré; Houphouët-Boigny

Chapter.  13502 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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