A Familiar Frontier: The Kennedy Administration in the Congo

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dc.contributor.advisor Engerman, David
dc.contributor.author Ritchie, Tyler
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-06T19:05:03Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-06T19:05:03Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10192/49
dc.description.abstract Previous historical scholarship has tended to support the idea that John F. Kennedy’s inauguration began a period of increased U.S. involvement in and cooperation with Africa. However, U.S. treatment of the crisis in the Congo stayed remarkably the same from Eisenhower to Kennedy. In its treatment of Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba, its efforts to secure a new national leader, and its handling of the Belgian-backed, secessionist government in Katanga Province, the Kennedy Administration largely followed the lead of its immediate predecessor. This thesis uses government documents from the high levels of both Administrations to show that Kennedy’s advisers reflected the same assumptions, often wrong ones, about U.S. interests in the Congo and the dangers of communist takeover. This thesis concludes that any desire for a changed Africa policy was not strong enough to lead the U.S. to compromise its perceived national interests in the Congo.
dc.description.sponsorship Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Brandeis University
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Tyler Ritchie 2012
dc.subject Congo
dc.subject Kennedy
dc.subject Eisenhower
dc.subject Lumumba
dc.subject United Nations
dc.title A Familiar Frontier: The Kennedy Administration in the Congo
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.department Department of History
dc.degree.name MA
dc.degree.level Masters
dc.degree.discipline History
dc.degree.grantor Brandeis University, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences


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