Administrative Histories of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidency: Foreign Affairs and National Security

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This collection, consisting of a history and supporting documents, provides an evaluation of the Johnson administration’s performance in foreign relations in terms that have implications for today’s post-Cold War era.

Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency represents a significant period in the history of U.S. foreign policy and foreign policy-making. The Vietnam War was the dominant event of this period, to be sure, but it is highly misleading to think of the LBJ presidency in terms of Vietnam alone. The 1960s marked the height of post-World War II U.S. globalism, and LBJ inherited from his predecessors’ worldwide obligations and a host of complex problems. In addition to Vietnam, he faced major crises in Panama, the Dominican Republic, and the Middle East.

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