From Enemy to Ally Sino-American Relations, 1952-1979: Washington Recognizes "Red China"

 
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This is the story of the People’s Republic of China’s success in having Washington recognize Beijing as the legitimate capital of mainland China, replacing Taiwan’s Nationalist Government’s claims to the contrary. This is a unique story given the mindset of Washington in 1952 that Communism was evil and had to be contained. Who would have anticipated that the 1954 Geneva Conference talks about the repatriation of detained nationals would lead to President Carter granting Beijing diplomatic recognition on January 1, 1979. Throughout the negotiations in Warsaw, Shanghai, Beijing and Washington, Moscow’s presence was often felt in the Forbidden City and in the White House. This is the story of how unintended consequences coupled with unexpected changes in leadership transformed relations from enemies to friends and antagonists to partners without abandoning Taiwan in the process. From Enemy to Ally is based heavily upon documents found in the Foreign Relations Series of the United States, especially its latest two volumes on China, the most recent covering the period 1977-1980 published in 2013.

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About the Author: Joseph Harrington received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University in 1973, and is currently Professor Emeritus at Framingham State University. Over the past 45 years, he has taught courses involving American foreign policy, has published over 60 articles in national and foreign journals, and has presented more than 50 papers at historical conferences and at the State Department. He has two children, four grandchildren, and his roommate, Katie, a Golden Retriever. Other publications include: Tweaking the Nose of the Russians: Fifty Years of American-Romanian Relations, 1940-1990 reviewed in Foreign Affairs as “the sole substantial scholarly work on America’s relations with Romania, and it is not likely to be displaced.” His two volume Conflicted Giant, American Foreign Policy, 1945-2012: a “’citty” upon a hill’” versus realpolitik attracted a transatlantic readership and reviewer David D. Davis, Research Analyst at the Copyright Clearance Center, wrote the work is “solid scholarship, good, fast-paced writing...a worthy investment of your time.”

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