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Piercing the bamboo curtain : tentative bridge-building to China during the Johnson years /
Michael Lumbers.
imprint
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2008.
description
x, 286 p. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
0719077788 (hbk.), 9780719077784 (hbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2008.
isbn
0719077788 (hbk.)
9780719077784 (hbk.)
catalogue key
6446238
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [260]-273) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael Lumbers is an independent scholar working in Toronto
Summaries
Main Description
This new study is the first comprehensive account of US policy toward China during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, a critical phase of the Cold War immediately preceding the dramatic Sino-American rapprochement of the early 1970s. Based on a thorough review of a wide array of recently declassified primary sources, this book offers a fresh perspective by challenging the popular view that Johnson's approach to China was marked by stagnation and sterility. Carefully examining the complex interplay between preconceptions, domestic politics, bureaucratic interests and regional commitments, the author argues that the tentative bridge-building launched by the Johnson administration adumbrated much of Richard Nixon's opening to Beijing. This subtle shift in US attitudes and policy is linked to developments in the Vietnam War, the onset of Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution, and growing Sino-Soviet tensions. By documenting Johnson's contributions to the decision-making process and drawing wider conclusions as to his capacity as a foreign policy leader, this study also opens up a new dimension to the burgeoning debate over Johnson's global leadership 'beyond Vietnam.' A major contribution to our understanding of both Sino-American relations and the Vietnam War, this book will be of great interest to students of the Cold War, US foreign relations, Asian Politics, and the Johnson presidency. Book jacket.
Main Description
This is the first comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward China during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson, a critical phase of the Cold War immediately preceding the dramatic Sino-American rapprochement of the early 1970s. Based on a wide array of recently declassified government documents, this study challenges the popular view that Johnson's approach to China was marked by stagnation and sterility, exploring the administration's relationship to both the Vietnam War and the Cultural Revolution. By documenting Johnson's contributions to the decision-making process, Lumbers offers a new perspective on both his capacity as a foreign policy leader and his role in the further development of the Cold War. A major contribution to our understanding of both Sino-American relations and the Vietnam War, this book will be of great interest to students of the Cold War, U.S. foreign relations, Asian Politics and the Johnson Presidency.
Bowker Data Service Summary
A comprehensive account of the Johnson administration's China policy. The book links Johnson's China policy to the Vietnam War and the Cultural Revolution and traces the development of U.S. approaches to China during a critical period of the Cold War.
Description for Bookstore
This is the first comprehensive study of U.S. policy toward China during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Based on a wide array of recently declassified government documents, this study challenges the popular view that Johnson's approach to China was marked by stagnation and sterility, exploring the administration's relationship to both the Vietnam War and the Cultural Revolution. By documenting Johnson's contributions to the decision-making process, Lumbers offers a new perspective on both his capacity as a foreign policy leader and his role in the further development of the Cold War.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Staying firm: John F. Kennedy's China policy, 1961-63p. 12
Holes in the dam: French recognition and the Chinese nuclear test, 1963-64p. 53
In Vietnam's shadow: the reaffirmation of US China policy, 1964-65p. 85
The irony of Vietnam: the emergence of a two-pronged China policy, 1965-66p. 137
Bridge-building in limbo: the impact of the Cultural Revolution, 1966-67p. 177
Testing the waters: an aborted policy review and closing moves, 1968-69p. 213
Conclusionp. 240
Bibliographyp. 260
Indexp. 274
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