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Confronting AmericaThe Cold War between the United States and the Communists in France and Italy$
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Alessandro Brogi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834732

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877746_brogi

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Diplomatic Maneuvering: Communist and American Interplay of Foreign and Domestic Policies during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations

Diplomatic Maneuvering: Communist and American Interplay of Foreign and Domestic Policies during the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations

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Confronting America
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Alessandro Brogi

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877746_brogi.11

This chapter focuses on Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. and how he found himself in a privileged position to detect shifts in the climate of world opinion. As a seasoned former senator and convinced internationalist, Lodge also understood the interconnection between the diplomacy and domestic politics of America's allies. In September 1954 he quickly recognized Moscow's contacts with French Premier Pierre Mendes-France as a clever subversive move directed against not only European integration but above all French domestic political stability. Lodge therefore urged Secretary of State John Foster Dulles to muster all U.S. diplomatic resources to “organize a countersubversion” that would reckon with the main trends in world public opinion—namely, the decolonization process—and undermine neutralist tendencies in France, whether these were Communist-inspired or not.

Keywords:   Henry Cabot Lodge, world opinion, internationalist, diplomacy, domestic politics, Moscow

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