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Bruce Zellers, "Marking the Primrose Path to the Future: Harry Truman, Presidential Power, and the Limited War in Korea."

Presidents have long sought to enlarge their power in the area of national security. In the early Cold War, Harry Truman succeeded in dramatically increasing presidential authority in this area, provoking heated dissent as he did so. Later presidents, including the current one, have made use of Truman’s template – and faced most of the same concerns.*

Come join Professor Zellers at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20 th in the Gold Rooms B and C located in the Oakland Center for what will surely be a riveting lecture. If politics or history is something that you enjoy then make sure you put time aside for a night that will leave you breathless.


If you have any questions, please contact History Department for further information (370-3510).

Related Online Articles**:

Casey, Steven. “White House Publicity Operations During the Korean War, June 1950-June 1951.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 35.4 (2005): 691-717.

Kampmark, Binoy. “A Failure of American Progressivism: Debating the Role of the State in the Early Cold War.” Reviews in American History 33.4 (2005: 587-593.

Lutzker, Michael A. “Presidential decision making in the Korean war: the British perspective.” Presidential Studies Quarterly 26 (1996): 978-95.

Lofgren, Charles A. “Mr. Truman's War: A Debate and Its Aftermath.” The Review of Politics 31.2 (1969): 223-241.

Matray, James I. “Truman's Plan for Victory: National Self-Determination and the Thirty-Eighth Parallel Decision in Korea” The Journal of American History 66.2 (1979): 314-333.

Pelz, Stephen E. “When the Kitchen Gets Hot, Pass the Buck: Truman and Korea in 1950 Foreign Relations of the United States 1950” Reviews in American History 6.4 (1978): 548-555.

Wiltz, John E. “Truman and MacArthur: The Wake Island Meeting” Military Affairs 42.4 (1978): 169-176.

Related Books in Print at Kresge Library:

Ferrell, Robert H. Harry S. Truman and the Cold War revisionists. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006.

Hess, Gary R. Presidential decisions for war : Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press 2001.

Neal, Steve ed. HST: memories of the Truman years. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University, 2003.

Offner, Arnold A. Another such victory: President Truman and the Cold War, 1945-1953. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press 2002.

Paterson , Thomas G. ed. Cold war critics: alternatives to American foreign policy in the Truman years. Chicago: Quadrangle Books 1971

Pierpaoli, Paul G. Truman and Korea: the political culture of the early cold war. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press 1999.

Spalding, Elizabeth Edwards. The first cold warrior: Harry Truman, containment, and the remaking of liberal internationalism. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky 2006.

Spanier, John W. The Truman-MacArthur controversy and the Korean War. New York: W. W. Norton 1965.

Other Interesting Resources:

The Atomic Café. Dir. Kevin Rafferty, Jayne Loader and Pierce Rafferty. VHS. New Yorker Films, 1982.

Truman. Dir Frank Pierson. DVD. New York: HBO Home Video,1999.

Truman: years of decision. Dir.Jeremy Murray-Brown. VHS. Simon & Schuster Communications, 1979.


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