Betting on the Africans (Heftet)

John F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders

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Innbinding: Heftet
Utgivelsesår: 2014
Antall sider: 362
Forlag: Oxford University Press Inc
Språk: Engelsk
ISBN/EAN: 9780199380718
Omtale: Betting on the Africans
As a presidential candidate, John F. Kennedy established a reputation across Africa as a sympathetic supporter of African nationalism, who if elected would realign Washington's priorities toward the continent. Once in office, Kennedy indeed made changing the image of America in Africa a top priority of his administration, believing that the Cold War could be won or lost depending upon whether Washington or Moscow won the hearts and minds of the Third World. Africa was particularly important because a wave of independence saw nineteen newly independent African states admitted into the United Nations during 1960-61. By 1962, 31 of the UN's 110 member states were from the African continent, and both Washington and Moscow sought to add these countries to their respective voting bloc. Kennedy feared that neglect of the newly decolonized countries of the world would result in the rise of anti-Americanism and needed to be addressed irrespective of the Cold War. Philip Muehlenbeck demonstrates how Kenn

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