Domesticity, Rearmament, and the Limits of U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Netherlands during the Early Cold War

TitleDomesticity, Rearmament, and the Limits of U.S. Public Diplomacy in the Netherlands during the Early Cold War
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsSnyder, David J.
JournalJournal of Cold War Studies
Volume15
Issue3
Start Page47
Pagination47-75
Date Published2013
Abstract

By the early 1950s, Western rearmament had emerged as a central U.S. foreign policy goal. However, many West European governments were reluctant to bear the costs of rearmament at a time when economic reconstruction and social welfare were still urgently needed. Perhaps nowhere was this resistance as entrenched as in the Netherlands, where concern over defense expenditure was most pronounced among Dutch housewives, a traditionally prominent part of Dutch society. An analysis of this failed effort underscores the limits of U.S. cultural influence in other Western societies during the early Cold War.

URLhttps://muse.jhu.edu/article/522709
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