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By Joyce Mao

ISBN-10: 022625271X

ISBN-13: 9780226252711

After jap bombs hit Pearl Harbor, the yankee correct stood at a crossroads. typically isolationist, conservatives had to forge their very own overseas coverage time table in the event that they desired to stay politically manageable. while Mao Zedong verified the People’s Republic of China in 1949—with the chilly conflict simply underway—they had a brand new item of overseas coverage, and as Joyce Mao unearths during this attention-grabbing new examine twentieth-century Pacific affairs, that adjust would offer important materials for American conservatism as we all know it today.

Mao explores the deep resonance American conservatives felt with the defeat of Chiang Kai-Shek and his exile to Taiwan, which they lamented because the lack of China to communism and the corrosion of conventional values. In reaction, they fomented competitive anti-communist positions that suggested higher motion within the Pacific, a coverage referred to as “Asia First.” whereas this coverage might do not anything to oust the communists from China, it was once powerfully potent at domestic. Asia First supplied American conservatives a suite of ideals—American sovereignty, selective army intervention, strident anti-communism, and the advertising of a technological safeguard state—that could convey them into the worldwide period with the positions which are now their hallmark.

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