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By Lisa M. Mundey

students have characterised the early a long time of the chilly warfare as an period of emerging militarism within the usa yet so much american citizens endured to spot themselves as essentially anti-militaristic. To them, “militaristic” outlined the authoritarian regimes of Germany and Japan that the state had defeated in global battle II—aggressive, power-hungry nations within which the army possessed energy outdoor civilian authority.
a lot of the preferred tradition within the many years following international struggle II mirrored and strengthened a extra pacifist notion of the United States. This examine explores army pictures in tv, movie, and comedian books from 1945 to 1970 to appreciate how pop culture made it attainable for a public to include extra militaristic nationwide protection rules but proceed to understand themselves as deeply anti-militaristic.

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