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Betting on the AfricansJohn F. Kennedy's Courting of African Nationalist Leaders$
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Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780195396096

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195396096.001.0001

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The Kennedy-de Gaulle Rivalry in Africa

The Kennedy-de Gaulle Rivalry in Africa

(p.155) 8 The Kennedy-de Gaulle Rivalry in Africa
Betting on the Africans

Philip E. Muehlenbeck

Oxford University Press

Much of the history of US-French competition overlooks the intense rivalry between Kennedy and Charles de Gaulle in Africa. Chapter eight sheds light on this rivalry. Africa was an essential component of de Gaulle’s plan to restore French grandeur. Although Washington had little to lose from such competition, which had the possibility of weakening France’s global power, Kennedy hoped to block de Gaulle’s plan as revenge for the frustration he was causing Kennedy in Europe.

Keywords:   Kennedy, De Gaulle, Africa, France, Gabon, Mali, Guinea, Senegal, Ivory Coast

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