DH November issue: covering Hawai'i, Iraq, Japan, Vietnam, the CIA, Korea, and more...


Now available online to SHAFR members (and heading to mailboxes around the world), the articles in the November issue of Diplomatic History cover a broad range of topics chronologically (ranging from the early 19th century to the late 20th century), thematically, and geographically. Opening this issue, Joy Schulz uses "the confines of household economics" to examine how American Protestant missionaries from 1820-1848 moved "from devotion to the Hawaiian monarchy to support for U.S. annexation," while Annie Tracy Samuel examines the role of the Open Door in U.S. Policy in Iraq between the World Wars.

Anti-base protests from 1955-1957 against runway expansions at Tachikawa Air Force base in western Tokyo are the focus in Jennifer M. Miller's new interpretation of postwar U.S.-Japan relations.  The article "asserts that these protests ultimately encouraged U.S. policymakers to rethink the utility of U.S. bases in mainland Japan" and "highlights the vital role that weaker allies and foreign publics played in the U.S. global calculations [and] policy outcomes."  (Parenthetically, Japan is in focus this month at the American Historical Review whose October issue features a forum on "Early-Twentieth-Century Japan in a Global Context").

Jessica Elkind "examines South Vietnamese and American efforts to aid in the migration and resettlement of nearly one million northerners during the mid-1950s," arguing that they failed to increase South Vietnam's chances of survival, while laying "the groundwork for future American involvement in Vietnam" and "foreshadow[ing] tensions that ultimately doomed the partnership between Diem and the United States."

Thomas Tunstall Allcock reconsiders foreign service officer Thomas C. Mann, writing that focusing on his early career reveals "a dedicated Latin Americanist who consistently advocated aiding hemispheric development," rather than the "unsympathetic" dismantler of JFK's Alliance for Progress as which he is more commonly portrayed.  Paul Michael McGarr's article examines the reprecussions in India of the February 1967 expose by Ramparts magazine that the CIA had covertly funded numerous international educational institutions and cultural bodies, including the Asia Foundation and the Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF), and its Indian branch.

Two articles in this issue focus on the Koreas, first, an examination by Yafeng Xia and Zhihua Shen on "Beijing’s Policy toward North Korea during the U.S.–China Rapprochement, 1970–1975," and then Patrick Chung on the significance of reporting by American journalists on human rights abuses by the Park Chung-hee government, which "brought into question the longstanding U.S. support of the Park government."

Jacob Darwin Hamblin (whose article is located between the two articles on the Koreas, for those reading front-to-back) looks at "The Nuclearization of Iran in the Seventies," concluding the article portion of this DH issue.