China and the Making of Modern American Conservatism
Mao explores the deep resonance American conservatives felt with the defeat of Chiang Kai-Shek and his exile to Taiwan, which they lamented as the loss of China to communism and the corrosion of traditional values. In response, they fomented aggressive anti-communist positions that urged greater action in the Pacific, a policy known as “Asia First.” While this policy would do nothing to oust the communists from China, it was powerfully effective at home. Asia First provided American conservatives a set of ideals—American sovereignty, selective military intervention, strident anti-communism, and the promotion of a technological defense state—that would bring them into the global era with the positions that are now their hallmark.
1 Up from Isolationism: The Conservative Dilemma and the Chinese Solution
2 No Such Thing: The China Lobby
3 Firefights: China’s Meanings after the Korean War
4 Onward, Christian Soldiers: The John Birch Society
5 The New Normal: Asia First Realpolitik