Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. 2-5

Contents

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pp. v-9

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Introduction

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pp. 1-11

On the night of September 26, 2008, during an otherwise predictable presidential debate, Henry Kissinger—his thoughts, his words and, more importantly, their true meaning—suddenly became a heated topic of discussion between the two candidates. Barack Obama and John McCain were discussing the possibility of the United States engaging in high-level ...

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1. The Crisis of Containment

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pp. 12-42

During the first two decades of the Cold War, the United States promoted a mostly coherent and unitary foreign policy. Washington did not always achieve its goals and occasionally suffered symbolic and practical defeats, the most significant of which came in October 1949 with Communist victory in the Chinese civil war and the subsequent birth of the ...

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2. Kissinger and Kissingerism

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pp. 43-76

Most studies of Henry Kissinger tend to present him as the quintessential exponent of a continental European realism that became popular in Cold War America. According to this established interpretation, Kissinger’s approach to world affairs was always distinguished by an attempt to oust the extreme moral and ideological traits, which had made the Cold ...

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3. Kissingerism in Action

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pp. 77-109

The year 1968, the historian Melvin Small recently claimed, was “the foreign policy election of the twentieth century.”1 Foreign affairs played a central role in the presidential race between Richard Nixon and Lyndon Johnson’s vice president, Hubert Humphrey. The crisis of containment and its most glaring manifestation, the Vietnam War, obliged Nixon and ...

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4. The Domestic Critique of Kissinger

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pp. 110-144

The influence of neoconservative intellectuals and advisors on the foreign policy of George W. Bush has, throughout the first years of the new millennium, stimulated renewed attention for neoconservatism: for its origins, its cultural and philosophical foundations, and its evolution. Many scholars and commentators have stressed the radical nature ...

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Conclusion

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pp. 145-152

The domestic controversy in the United States, which ended with the defeat of Kissinger’s vision, was one of the key factors in the crisis of détente, although not the only one and not necessarily the most important. It was relevant, however, because it intersected with other processes that em-bittered the relationship between the two superpowers and made dialogue ...

Notes

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pp. 153-182

Index

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pp. 183-193