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Mundey, Lisa M. American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media, 1945–1970. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2012. (250 S.) 
Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6650-4
BibTeX citation key: Mundey2012
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Categories: General
Keywords: Historischer Überblick, Kalter Krieg, Krieg, USA
Creators: Mundey
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
Scholars have characterized the early decades of the Cold War as an era of rising militarism in the United States but most Americans continued to identify themselves as fundamentally anti-militaristic. To them, “militaristic” defined the authoritarian regimes of Germany and Japan that the nation had defeated in World War II—aggressive, power-hungry countries in which the military possessed power outside civilian authority.
Much of the popular culture in the decades following World War II reflected and reinforced a more pacifist perception of America. This study explores military images in television, film, and comic books from 1945 to 1970 to understand how popular culture made it possible for a public to embrace more militaristic national security policies yet continue to perceive themselves as deeply anti-militaristic.

Table of Contents

Preface (1)
Introduction (5)

1. Postwar Tributes, 1945–1950 (13)
2. The Dark Side of War, 1950–1959 (46)
3. The New Look, 1951–1959 (80)
4. Citizen-Soldiers and Civilian Control, 1959–1964 (121)
5. The Vietnam Era, 1965–1970 (159)

Conclusion (203)
Chapter Notes (209)
Bibliography (237)
Index (247)

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