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Mundey, Lisa M. American Militarism and Anti-Militarism in Popular Media, 1945–1970. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2012. (250 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-6650-4
BibTeX citation key: Mundey2012
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Keywords: Historischer Überblick, Kalter Krieg, Krieg, USA
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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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
1. Postwar Tributes, 1945–1950 (13)