The Cold War Comes to Main Street: America in 1950 (Modern War Studies (Hardcover))

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In 1950, Main Street America—restored by victories in a global war and hopeful for a prosperous and peaceful future—was abruptly traumatized. The sudden prospect of thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union, Senator Joseph McCarthy's vicious anticommunist crusade, and the beginning of the Korean War all combined to dampen the public mood. In the wake of these events, the Cold War invaded every home and convinced millions of Americans that the liberal establishment created by Franklin Roosevelt and sustained by Harry Truman had betrayed the public trust and placed the nation in mortal peril.

Revealing the intense interplay between foreign policy, domestic politics, and public opinion, Lisle Rose argues that 1950 was a pivotal year for the nation. Thermonuclear terror brought "a clutching fear of mass death" to the forefront of public awareness, even as McCarthy's zealous campaign to root out "subversives" destroyed a sense of national community forged in the Great Depression and World War II. The Korean War, with its dramatic oscillations between victory and defeat, put the finishing touches on the national mood of crisis and hysteria. Drawing upon recently available Russian and Chinese sources, Rose sheds much new light on the aggressive designs of Stalin, Mao, and North Korea's Kim Il Sung in East Asia and places the American reaction to the North Korean invasion in a new and more realistic context.

Rose argues that the convergence of Korea, McCarthy, and the Bomb wounded the nation in ways from which we've never fully recovered. He suggests, in fact, that the convergence may have paved the way for our involvement in Vietnam and, by eroding public trust in and support for government, launched the ultra-Right's campaign to dismantle the foundations of modern American liberalism.

Engagingly written, The Cold War Comes to Main Street is a sophisticated synthesis that cuts to the core of a half-century of postwar national paranoia. It calls into question the assumptions of several generations of scholars about foreign affairs and domestic policies and will force readers to reconsider their assumptions about just when—and how—the nation lost its sense of community, confidence, and civility.

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Lisle A. Rose served with the U.S. Department of State from 1972 to 1989 and has taught at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. He is the author of seven books including After Yalta: America and the Origins of the Cold War and Roots of Tragedy: The United States and the Struggle for Asia.

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Author of The Ship That Held the Line, Naval Inst., 1995) and other titles, former State Department official Rose writes about the early history of the Cold War as perceived by "Main Street," the American public, rather than by government officials and politicians. Rose asserts that Americans correctly recognized Stalin's aggressive hostility toward the West. He regards 1950 (with the Korean War and McCarthyism) as a pivotal point when public confidence in the liberal consensus collapsed and was replaced by anti-Communist hysteria and fundamentalist conservatism aiming to dismantle the legacies of the New Deal. Rose discusses the battles between liberals and conservatives, the latter winning support from "Main Street" in conducting government assaults on the rights of individuals. This fine, well-argued narrative would have been even more provocative if it had included in-depth analyses connecting "Main Street" and the Cold War to organized labor and the Civil Rights movement. Recommended for academic and public libraries.?Charles L. Lumpkins, Pennsylvania State Univ., State College
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