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Circling the Earth

By Converse, Elliott V.

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Title: Circling the Earth  
Author: Converse, Elliott V.
Language: English
Subject: Instructional materials, Armed Forces, Air University (U.S.)
Collections: AU Press Collection
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Publisher: Air University Press

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Preface: My interest in post?World War II overseas military base planning began in a research seminar on the History of American Foreign Relations at the University of Wisconsin in 1971. I resumed my study of the subject at Princeton University in 1975 and completed my dissertation, ?United States Plans for a Postwar Overseas Military Base System, 1942?1948,? in 1984. This book is an adaptation of that dissertation. I found the topic both interesting and significant because of the conjuncture between force and diplomacy that overseas base selection represented and because of its ties to the study of strategic planning, the nature of American civil-military relationships, the controversial questions of the origins of the Cold War, and the character of American foreign policy. I was, as were many students during these years, much influenced by ?New Left? or ?revisionist? historiography. My research and conclusions did not, in the end, reinforce that general interpretation, but the interpretation substantially enlarged my understanding of history.

Table of Contents
Table of Contents: Foreword, V - About the Author, Ix - Preface, Xi - Introduction, Xiii - Notes, Xvii - 1 the First Plans, 1942?1943, 1 - Notes, 40 - 2 Base Planning, 1943?1945, 51 - Notes, 90 - 3 Base Planning Takes Shape, 1945, 101 - Notes, 138 - 4 Postwar Adjustments, 1946?1948, 151 - Notes, 184 - 5 Conclusion, 199 - Notes, 211 - Selected Bibliography, 215 - Index, 227


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