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The Empire TrapThe Rise and Fall of U.S. Intervention to Protect American Property Overseas, 1893-2013$
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Noel Maurer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691155821

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691155821.001.0001

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The Empire Trap and the Cold War

The Empire Trap and the Cold War

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(p.313) Eight The Empire Trap and the Cold War
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The Empire Trap
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Noel Maurer

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155821.003.0008

This chapter analyzes how the empire trap continued to drive policy in the context of the worldwide contest with the Soviet Union. The Cold War had two opposing effects on the empire trap. On one hand, it raised the strategic cost of intervention. American pressure on a foreign government, if unsuccessful, could push that country into the Soviet bloc. On the other hand, the advent of the Cold War also raised the domestic costs of acquiescing to foreign nationalizations. Private interests rapidly learned that the fear of communist expansion made it easier to manipulate intelligence and mobilize public and congressional opinion. The Kennedy administration tried to ignore Third World expropriations, only to have Congress mandate the imposition of crushing sanctions in the event.

Keywords:   empire trap, Soviet Union, Cold War, foreign government, Soviet bloc, communist expansion, Kennedy expansion

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