‘The one word the Kremlin fears:’: C. D. Jackson, Cold War ‘Liberation,’ and American Political-Economic Adventurism

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Abstract

This essay considers how C. D. Jackson, an associate of Eisenhower and political warfare specialist, worked in the 1950s to give compelling public form to a grand strategy of "liberation" in the Cold War. Jackson worked to ally liberation with U.S. political-economic adventures abroad rather than martial exploits. In so doing, he sought not only to disassociate liberation from catastrophic war with the Soviets, but also to win the Cold War by working to liberalize the world. Jackson's approach thus sought to reconcile structural and contingent perspectives on Cold War strategy.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-427
Number of pages39
JournalRhetoric and Public Affairs
Volume12
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Keywords

  • ESSAY (Literary form)
  • COLD War, 1945-1991
  • LIBERTY
  • INTERNATIONAL relations -- Government policy
  • UNITED States -- Politics & government -- 1945-1989
  • UNITED States
  • JACKSON, C. D. (Charles Douglas), 1902-1964

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