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Asia First: China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism

Joyce Mao


This book examines the influence of U.S.-China relations upon the evolution of conservatism in postwar America. After the Chinese civil war concluded in 1949, the right formulated an “Asia First” approach to the challenge of global communism, one that demanded U.S. foreign policy give the Pacific equal or more consideration than the Atlantic and prioritize the cause of an allied China. It is argued that a combination of anti-communist orientalism and nostalgia for a special U.S.-China relationship allowed conservatives to critique policies of postwar consensus and renovate their ideology for t ... More

Keywords: conservatism, U.S.-China relations, Korean War, Cold War, orientalism, New Right

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226252711
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226252858.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joyce Mao, author

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