1st Edition

US Economic Statecraft for Survival, 1933-1991 Of Sanctions, Embargoes and Economic Warfare

By Alan P. Dobson Copyright 2002
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    How have US economic defence policies promoted its security since 1933?
    US Policies of Economic Warfare, 1933-1991 concentrates on an important and neglected facet of America's fight for survival in the latter half of the twentieth century. It explains how US policy-makers crafted and used instruments of economic statecraft against states that posed vital threats to the survival of the USA. This study situates economic defence policy within the broad context of US foreign policy and explores its response to the totalitarianism of the 1930s, the Second World War and the complex strategic and political developments of the Cold War.

    1. Economic Statecraft 2. The Practice: Economic Statecraft and US Foreign Policy 3. Transforming Policy: From Peace to War 1933-42 4. The Demise of Neutrality and the Development of Economic Instruments of Coercion 5. The Truman Administration and the Development of Strategic Embargo Policy 6. Eisenhower: Problems with Colleagues and Problems with Allies 7. Thinking about Change: the Kennedy and Johnson Administrations 8. Economics Becomes High Politics: Constructing the Base and Building Up Détente , 1969-1974 9. Ford and Carter: the Decline of Détente and the Approach of the Second Cold War 1974-79 10. Through the Second Cold War to Liberation 11. Economic Statecraft: the Theory 12. Some Concluding Thoughts


    Alan P. Dobson

    '...a masterful account of how economic security policy intertwined with national defense, diplomacy, and domestic politics. He offers the definitive study on economic warfare of the era but also one that will be discussed and even contested for years.' Professor Tom Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder

    'Dobson's book, the first comprehensive survey of US economic defence policy between 1931 and 1991, is not only an enormous research effort but also an original, intelligent and timely historical perspective on American politics and foreign policy in this century.' Alan Milward, University of Oxford

    'This book is a definitive study of America's economic statecraft during the Cold War.' - Journal of American Studies