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Divergent Development: Perceptions of Technology in U.S.-Middle Eastern Relations during the 1950s

Divergent Development: Perceptions of Technology in U.S.-Middle Eastern Relations during the 1950s
Brent Y. Skaggs, M.A. Student in History, University of Maine



Divergent perceptions of technology have largely marked U.S. relations with the Middle East. These differing perspectives often influenced the United States both internationally and domestically. However, the United States did not perceive the Middle East as a single bloc of countries; perceptions differed significantly regarding Israel, which the United States generally supported. While U.S. support for Israel grew more significant in later decades, it was visible during the 1950s. During that decade—and especially following the completion of the Egyptian-Czech arms deal in 1955—there was notable support for Israel in the United States. While they shared support for Israel, U.S. proponents articulated their recommendations for the Middle Eastern country in various ways. Read More.
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