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Title: The Perils of Perfectionism: American Reaction to the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals
Authors: Johnstone, Andrew
First Published: 2018
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Journal of Contemporary History, 2018, in press
Abstract: (Opening paragraph) As representatives of the United States, United Kingdom, Soviet Union and China met at Dumbarton Oaks in the late summer of 1944 to draw up plans for a new international organization, the US government was already thinking about how to sell the organization to the American people. A promotion job was deemed to be vital as it had been less than three years since 1941, when a majority of Americans believed that wars in Europe and Asia were not theirs to fight. Despite the vast American investment in the war since the attack on Pearl Harbor, memories of the pre-war era loomed large, with the America First committee, Neutrality Acts, World Court rejection, and of course, League of Nations rejection at the end of the First World War. Governmental concern about a postwar return to ‘isolationism’ was significant, and another ‘great debate’ was expected.
ISSN: 0022-0094
eISSN: 1461-7250
Embargo on file until: 1-Jan-10000
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2018, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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