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The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

Jonathan Colman

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780748640133
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652693 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640133.001.0001
The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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Drawing on recently declassified documents as well as some of the latest published research, this book provides a fresh general account of President Johnson's handling of US foreign relations. It begins with an exploration of the Johnson White House, and then considers US policies towards Vietnam, Britain and France, the NATO alliance, the Soviet Union and communist China, the Middle East, the Western Hemisphere, and the international economy. The book contends that although the war in Vietnam could have been prosecuted more effectively, overall Johnson dealt with the world beyond the borders of the United States very capably. In particular, he dealt with successive challenges to the NATO alliance in a skilled and intelligent manner, leaving it politically stronger when he left office in 1969 than it had been in 1963. The book provides the most sympathetic general account of Johnson's foreign policy thus far and confounds the traditional image of him as maladroit in the realm of diplomacy.

Keywords: Vietnam War; Britain; France; NATO alliance; Soviet Union; communist China; Middle East; Western Hemisphere; international economy

Book.  240 pages. 

Subjects: US Politics

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Introduction in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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The Johnson White House and Foreign Policy in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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Vietnam: Going to War, 1963–5 in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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Vietnam: Waging War, 1965–9 in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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Two Allies: Britain and France in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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NATO Nuclear Sharing and Troop Offset in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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Dollars and Gold: Monetary and Trade Policy in The Foreign Policy of Lyndon B. Johnson

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