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Introduction

Daniel S. Margolies


Subject History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444331417.2012.00003.x


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It is hard to imagine a more consequential period to study than the era of Harry S. Truman. He became president at a key moment of change in the history of the world. The United States stood unmatched in power, prosperity, and international influence in an era of extremes and promise. Few shaped it more than this improbable man from Missouri. The essential nexus between Truman the individual politician and the machinery of emerging U.S. global hegemonic power under his administration has long fascinated historians. The range of issues and crises the United States engaged in this era was, simply, staggering. Historians' responses have been correspondingly vast. The Companion to Harry S. Truman provides a comprehensive presentation of the many different interpretations of the Truman presidency and its significance in American and world history. The essays in this volume, coming from a wide array of the top scholars in the field today, focus on essential historiographical themes and questions. The contentious issues of the Truman era have continued to shape the trajectory of American politics, economy, and society in the post-World War II world. It is tempting to address the full range of post-1945 events upon which Truman had a direct impact, but there are other fine Companion volumes dedicated to broader readings of the extended period. The Companion to Harry S. Truman maintains ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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