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University of Toronto St. George
Pouls Wegner

HIS377H1 March 6, 2014 Building the “Ranks of the Free”: The Global Cold War Cold War: − We will look at this idea of “global cold war” − University swelled during the Cold War period – GI Bill − Baby boom: − Whealthiest − Most educated − most opinionated in American History − This is the generation that will be protesting against globalAmerican policy − Rise of Soviet communism and rapid decolonization of the Third world − Cold War becomes global OUTLINE: • Introduction: Kennedy and the “ranks of the free” • Kennedy speaks directly to the Third World • Trying to convince these new nations to become strong content nations of the West or of the “ranks of the free” • Modernization as Ideology (and foreign Relations) • Modernization: range of approaches and practices • Belief in technological and economic progress which will lead to stable social and economical development • Important concept from the Kennedy administration • A lot of Cold War intellectuals will put a great effort to encompass the concept ofAmericanism • How do we come up with a concept that is enough to rival Communism • Problem: • US until the 1960s – totally racist • Eisenhower on record: Everyone in the world is watching the US and its domestic racial problem • How can you expect them to follow us • Communism appears to have a plan • If you follow Leninism you build socialism in one country, and then this expands to the proletariat and expands to countries around • US doesn't really have a plan • Not good for Third World - Part of Western economic success is based on slavery and taking advantage of colonies. • Kennedy administration finds intellectuals and asks them what to do? • 1957 Book: Massive foreign aid was the best way to go for the US. • You can help countries get to the point you need them at, you don't have to wait anymore. • Stages of Economic Growth – Rostow • 1. Traditional Society • Pre-Newtonian • 2. Preconditions for take-off • Roads • Railways • 3. Take-off • 4. Drive to Maturity • 5. High-mass consumption: the majority of society has its basic needs taken care of • The most stable state. • Rostow: Communism = disease of the transition • The point where countries could fall to Communism was number 3 – the take-off. • “It is in such a setting of economic and political confusion that communist conspiracy is the easiest.” • Implications: if number three is the stage where Communism can thrive, then that's the stage where they needed to intervene. • They believed that progress was linear. • In some ways it gives academic and intellectual justification to American ideas. • If you are Kennedy: • The appeal on Rostow's theory is in terms of technology • American technological capabilities – skills transfer – will influence the Third World • And then we can enter politically • Peace Corps: • Provide technical assistance in the Third World • The idea is to mobilize the best and brightest of American youth and place them somewhere in the Third World so they can share their knowledge. • It fits very nicely with modernization – because you actually go physically and share ideas • It helps to have exemplars and makesAmerica look wonderful • People volunteered because they believed in the mission • People believes in helping other people in the developing world • Problems: • In many communities people thought that peace corps volunteers might be spies • Many Americans going to the Third World started doubting America. • “The Ugly American:” • Book • He helps the Vietnamese individually • Kennedy really liked that book • 1961: UglyAmerican started to be used for aggressive action • Alliance for progress: • Kennedy said that Latin America was the most dangerous nation in the world • The rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. • Kennedy administration considered poverty to be pre-condition for Communism, or worse “Castroism” • Castro is not sitting quietly in Cuba, but actively encouraging other Latin American countries to be againstAmerica. • He violates the Monroe Doctrine • As a Communist leader in Latin America – he does not answer to anybody, or worse he could answer to Moscow. • We know now that there were many tensions between Moscow and Havana. • Alliance for Progress: Classic Modernization theory: we start giving these countries money so they do not ally with Castro • In return for US aid Kennedy said that you have to distribute this money in a more equitable way. • Launched it in Uruguay: everybody is invited except for Cuba • Agrarian reform • Rising standard of living • Problems: • 2 dollars out of every 100 made it to the poorest population • Latin American elites are not interested in re-distribution • Fundamental problem with the way the Latin American governments were organized • Oligarchies. • The Alliance for Progress is going to fail • Aspects of the Gl
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