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By Christina Klein

Within the years following global conflict II, American writers and artists produced a gradual move of well known tales approximately american citizens dwelling, operating, and touring in Asia and the Pacific. in the meantime the united states, competing with the Soviet Union for international strength, prolonged its succeed in into Asia to an extraordinary measure. This ebook unearths that those trends—the proliferation of Orientalist tradition and the growth of U.S. power—were associated in advanced and awesome methods. whereas such a lot cultural historians of the chilly warfare have fascinated about the tradition of containment, Christina Klein reads the postwar interval as one in every of overseas financial and political integration—a specified bankruptcy within the means of U.S.-led globalization.

Through her research of a variety of texts and cultural phenomena—including Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and The King and that i, James Michener's trip essays and novel Hawaii, and Eisenhower's People-to-People Program—Klein indicates how U.S. coverage makers, including middlebrow artists, writers, and intellectuals, created a tradition of world integration that represented the expansion of U.S. energy in Asia because the forging of emotionally pleasurable bonds among american citizens and Asians. Her e-book enlarges Edward Said's concept of Orientalism so that it will deliver to mild a cultural narrative approximately either family and overseas integration that also resonates today.

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"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the a long time by way of American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a ebook which is helping us to work out the entire international via new eyes."—David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum track (2002)

"An terribly fascinating examine of ‘Cold struggle internationalism.’ Klein’s very good and innovative interpreting of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i allows us to work out how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to rework the chilly conflict order into today’s ethnically varied and economically interdependent world—within the framework of ‘U.S. international expansion.’"—Akira Iriye, Professor of historical past, Harvard college, and writer, international Community

"Christina Klein takes a clean, stimulating, and enlightening examine the advanced visions of Asia dreamed over the many years via American pop culture. She argues her provocative viewpoints with the verve and aptitude of a showman, in a ebook which is helping us to work out the full international via new eyes."-David Henry Hwang, writer of M. Butterfly and Flower Drum tune (2002) "An terribly fascinating research of 'Cold battle internationalism.' Klein's magnificent and ingenious examining of such musicals as South Pacific and The King and that i permits us to determine how tradition and geopolitics have been woven jointly to remodel the chilly conflict order into today's ethnically assorted and economically interdependent world-within the framework of 'U.S. international expansion.'"-Akira Iriye, Professor of historical past, Harvard collage, and writer, worldwide group

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21 Both countries have not moved from their firm positions regarding 'high politics' issues. The Cyprus Greece ill a Challging Strategic Settillg 49 problem, issues related to the Aegean sea, and the prospects for a short term resolution of their conflict over these issues, most of which are considered by Greece as unilateral Turkish revisionist claims, are still rather low. "" Greek security planners are concerned about Turkey's revisionist aims towards Greece expressed through official statements, diplomatic initiatives and military actions (including the deployment of its armed forces).

During the Cold War Greece provided an essential link in NATO's south-eastern flank. Turkey, for example, could have been isolated from the other NATO members if Greece had not also participated in the Alliance. In the opinion of many Greek decision makers, the country's strategic importance to the West has been underestimated and, at times, even neglected. Successive Greek governments have, however, continued to contribute to Western defence strategy, despite periods of difficult relations. According to a recent RAND Corporation study, Greek strategic space is wide, encompassing Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East and the Mediterranean as well as transatlantic relations.

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