Pacific dreams : the Institute of Pacific Relations and the struggle for the mind of Asia

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dc.contributor.advisor Louis , William Roger , 1936 - en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Brands , H .W . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Lawrence , Mark A . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Trubowitz , Peter en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Alidio , Kimberly A . en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMember Stoff , Michael B . en_US
dc.creator Anderson , Michael Richard en_US 2010 -06 -04T14 :48 :24Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :38 :28Z 2010 -06 -04T14 :48 :24Z 2014 -02 -19T22 :38 :28Z 2009 -08 en_US 2010 -06 -04T14 :48 :24Z August 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -08 -301
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the efforts of Pacific internationalists in the years during and after World War II to forge private intellectual connections between the West and Asia . One of the most prominent groups in this movement was the Institute of Pacific Relations (1925 -61 ) , an international non -governmental organization that nurtured a trans -Pacific community of scholars , businessmen and diplomats through research projects and international conferences . In evaluating the work of these internationalists during the postwar period , this dissertation challenges conventional Cold War historiography that has marginalized such cooperative efforts during these years . Previous scholarship concerning the Institute of Pacific Relations has noted the way in which the organization fell victim to anti -communist politics in the United States , yet no studies have examined the records of its postwar conferences , which reveal an active international agenda well into the 1950s . The support of Asian members for such trans -Pacific ties , moreover , provides a counter -narrative to the story of revolutionary nationalism and third -world solidarity among emerging Asian and African countries during this period . The Institute of Pacific Relations acted as a valuable asset in the struggle for the “mind of Asia ,” this dissertation argues , largely because its leadership did not conform to the prevailing Cold War mindset . As a private international organization , the IPR provided a venue for unofficial dialogue among private elites who at once confronted and transcended the geopolitical restrictions of their time . In maintaining private East -West partnerships through such turbulent years , these Pacific internationalists set the stage for regional cooperative ventures to flourish later in the twentieth century . en_US
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.subject Institute of Pacific Relations en_US
dc.subject Asia -Pacific region en_US
dc.subject Non -governmental organizations en_US
dc.title Pacific dreams : the Institute of Pacific Relations and the struggle for the mind of Asia en_US
dc.description.department History en_US
dc.type.genre thesis en_US
dc.type.material text en_US Doctor of Philosophy en_US Doctoral en_US History en_US The University of Texas at Austin en_US History en_US


Pacific dreams : the Institute of Pacific Relations and the struggle for the mind of Asia. Doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2009 -08 -301 .

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