The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Hardback)
  • The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Hardback)
zoom

The Dissent Papers: The Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond (Hardback)

(author)
£50.00
Hardback 296 Pages / Published: 03/02/2012
  • We can order this

Usually dispatched within 1 week

  • This item has been added to your basket
Beginning with the Cold War and concluding with the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Hannah Gurman explores the overlooked opposition of U.S. diplomats to American foreign policy in the latter half of the twentieth century. During America's reign as a dominant world power, U.S. presidents and senior foreign policy officials largely ignored or rejected their diplomats' reports, memos, and telegrams, especially when they challenged key policies relating to the Cold War, China, and the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. The Dissent Papers recovers these diplomats' invaluable perspective and their commitment to the transformative power of diplomatic writing. Gurman showcases the work of diplomats whose opposition enjoyed some success. George Kennan, John Stewart Service, John Paton Davies, George Ball, and John Brady Kiesling all caught the attention of sitting presidents and policymakers, achieving temporary triumphs yet ultimately failing to change the status quo. Gurman follows the circulation of documents within the State Department, the National Security Council, the C.I.A., and the military, and she details the rationale behind "The Dissent Channel," instituted by the State Department in the 1970s, to both encourage and contain dissent. Advancing an alternative narrative of modern U.S. history, she connects the erosion of the diplomatic establishment and the weakening of the diplomatic writing tradition to larger political and ideological trends while, at the same time, foreshadowing the resurgent significance of diplomatic writing in the age of Wikileaks.

Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 9780231158725
Number of pages: 296
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm

You may also be interested in...

Auntie's War
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Adults In The Room
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.99
Paperback
Prisoners of Geography
Added to basket
£9.99   £7.49
Paperback
Red Flags
Added to basket
£20.00
Hardback
Soldier Spy
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
A Spy Named Orphan
Added to basket
The Globalization of World Politics
Added to basket
M
Added to basket
M
£9.99
Paperback
A Line in the Sand
Added to basket
£9.99   £8.99
Paperback
The Story of Brexit
Added to basket
The Skripal Files
Added to basket
£20.00   £17.99
Hardback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
£25.00   £20.00
Hardback
Saving Britain
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Spy and the Traitor
Added to basket
Drawing Europe Together
Added to basket
All Out War
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback

Reviews

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.