U.S. policy makers believed that the American weapons could safely compensate for technological limitations which otherwise made it difficult to destroy high flying, fast moving airplanes. In Continental Defense in the Eisenhower Era, Christopher Bright, PhD ’06, traces this armament from conception through deployment. The book also discusses the widespread acceptance of these weapons by the American public, a result of being touted in news releases, featured in films and television episodes, and disseminated throughout society as a whole.
For over a century French officials in Indochina systematically uprooted métis children—those born of Southeast Asian mothers and white, African, or Indian fathers—from their homes. The Uprooted offers an in-depth investigation of the colony's child-removal program: the motivations behind it, reception of it, and resistance to it.
The "People's Joan of Arc": Mary Elizabeth Lease, Gendered Politics and Populist Party Politics in Gilded-Age America
The Limits of Détente: the United States, the Soviet Union, and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, 1969-1973
Philip Muehlenbeck, PhD ’07, closely examines former President John F. Kennedy’s policies toward Guinea, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Egypt, Algeria, Tanganyika and South Africa. Kennedy’s policies largely won the sympathies of people in those countries, while at the same time alienating more traditional American allies. Drawing on archival sources from the United States, United Kingdom and Africa, Betting on the Africans adds an important chapter to the historiography of Kennedy’s Cold War strategy as well as the history of decolonization.
The Rise and Fall of Theological Enlightenment: Jean-Martin de Prades and Ideological Polarization in Eighteenth-Century France
David John Marley, PhD ’04, delivers the first professional, independent biography in 20 years of Pat Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and the Christian Broadcasting Network, host of the daily TV show The 700 Club and former presidential candidate. Robertson's Christian Coalition led the Republican takeover of Congress in 1994 and his leadership of the Christian Right helped elect George W. Bush.