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A World of HomeownersAmerican Power and the Politics of Housing Aid$
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Nancy H. Kwak

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226282350

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226282497.001.0001

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A World of Homeowners

Nancy H. Kwak

University of Chicago Press

This chapter explains the nature of American interest in international housing conditions after World War II, as well as the mechanisms by which Americans funnelled aid abroad. American aid flowed primarily through the international division of federal housing agencies, or the various agencies tasked with bilateral aid outside the Department of Defense. Americans also contributed to a wide array of international, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental bodies, exerting varying degrees of influence within each. This chapter details the various modes of American leadership and participation and then offers a short summary of the overarching organization of the book.

Keywords:   Housing and Home Finance Agency (HHFA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD), US Agency for International Development (US-AID), transnational history, homeownership, single-family housing, development, foreign aid

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