Henry A. Wallace and American Foreign Policy

Henry A. Wallace and American Foreign Policy

Henry A. Wallace and American Foreign Policy

Henry A. Wallace and American Foreign Policy

Synopsis

"Walker's volume, which derived from his Ph. D. dissertation, is a study of Henry A. Wallace's thinking on foreign policy. Beginning with Wallace's early years, Walker takes his readers through the disastrous 1948 Progressive party episode as well as into Wallace's waning years. The book is solidly researched, making good use of archival material."- Choice

Excerpt

This book is a study of Henry A. Wallace's views on foreign affairs throughout his entire career. Wallace's outspoken opposition to American foreign policy in the early cold war years and his presidential campaign of 1948 have attracted the attention of many scholars, and to a lesser extent, so have his ideas on international relations during World War II. However, his outlook on world affairs before 1941 has been virtually ignored. Wallace's foreign policy opinions during earlier periods are significant enough in themselves to merit careful review, but they also provide the basis for understanding his cold war critique. This study attempts to find the roots of Wallace's ideas on foreign affairs, search for continuity in his thinking, and suggest the reasons why he refused to join the cold war consensus that included a broadly based majority of Americans in the late 1940s. Finally, it seeks to explain why his attempt to challenge the assumptions underlying American diplomacy in the early cold war era proved so utterly futile.

I am indebted to the many people who kindly and generously assisted me in the preparation of this volume. Librarians and archivists in many repositories rendered invaluable services. I am particularly grateful to Earl Rogers and Robert McCown of Special Collections at the University of Iowa Library; Helen Ulibarri of National Archives; Alan Fusonie of the National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland; William J. Stewart, Raymond Teich man . . .

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