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Richard V. Damms

Associate Professor, History

E-mail address: rdamms@ra.msstate.edu
Website: http://www2.msstate.edu/~rdamms/


Richard V. Damms was born in Rotherham, U.K., and earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. He has taught U.S. Foreign Relations, Twentieth-Century U.S. History and Latin American history at Mississippi State University since 1995. He is currently writing a book on Anglo-American relations after the 1956 Suez crisis.


Scientists and Statesmen: President Eisenhower's Science Advisers and National Security Policy

Damms, Richard V.
Publisher: Republic of Letters Publishing
2015
Series: History of International Relations, Diplomacy, and Intelligence

This book provides the first in-depth examination of the role of science and scientists in the national security policymaking of the Eisenhower administration. Eisenhower's New Look containment strategy was predicated on American strength in science and technology, but the relationship between science and the Cold War state was complex and conflicted. Scientists and statesmen constantly negotiated the appropriate balance between the requirements of scientific progress and national security. Ultimately, after the Soviet sputniks, Eisenhower's personal science advisers, James Killian and George Kistiakowsky, supported by the newly-established President's Science Advisory Committee, became ubiquitous as the administration grappled with the consequences of the technological arms race and the advent of the space race.



Culture, Power, and Security: New Directions in the History of National and International Security

Damms, Richard V.
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishers
1,2012
Collaborators: Mary Kathryn Barbier

Culture, Power and Security provides a timely collection of essays by a diverse group of historians grappling with the notion of "security" in different contexts. The authors, ranging from senior scholars (including an award-winning military historian) to relative newcomers, examine a variety of new topics or ask new questions of older ones in areas of religious, political, intelligence, military, or foreign relations history. Drawing upon new approaches or archival sources, each author offers fresh perspectives and insight into the nature of national or international security, broadly conceived.



The Eisenhower Presidency, 1953-1961

Damms, Richard V.
Publisher: Longman
2002
ISBN: 0582368189
Series: Seminar Studies in History

The Eisenhower presidency marked an important stage in the evolution of modern America, but left a decidedly mixed legacy for future presidents. This new account offers an up-to-date synthesis of the newly emerging literature, and reviews Eisenhower's record in both domestic and foreign policy - from the mishandling of the Civil Rights movement to the escalation of the arms race and the intensification of the Cold War.