Over the past decade, a new perspective has emerged on the Truman administration's role in the globalization of the Cold War between 1945 and 1950. Postrevisionist scholarship has tempered the spirited debate regarding American policy toward Asia during the first five years after the Japanese surrender. The long controversy over Wash- ington's involvement in the reorganization of postwar Asia has en- tered a new phase as a result of questions raised by the American debacle in Vietnam and the availability of new documentation. These factors have enabled postrevisionists to reveal previously obscured interrelationships between the political, economic, and strategic dy- namics that influenced the evolution of postwar American policy to- ward China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Postrevisionist scholars challenge the standard Cold War ethos of the 1940s and 1950s that focused on the consequences of the Soviet Union's attempt to dominate the postwar world. The operative as- sumption of orthodox studies was that Moscow's insatiable drive for power caused the Cold War. According to orthodox historians, Jo- seph Stalin's efforts to incite worldwide revolution left no opportu- nity for negotiation and justified Washington's countermeasures against the threat of Soviet aggression in Asia. The emerging detente with the Soviet
Journal of American-East Asian Relations – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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