America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

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by Anatol Lieven
     
 

"In this controversial analysis of the American tradition, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. This is split between an optimistic, even messianic civic nationalism based on "American Creed," and a resentful chauvinism derived from old traditions of racial, religious, and class anxiety… See more details below

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"In this controversial analysis of the American tradition, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. This is split between an optimistic, even messianic civic nationalism based on "American Creed," and a resentful chauvinism derived from old traditions of racial, religious, and class anxiety within America." Lieven examines how these impulses have played out in recent U.S. policies, especially in the Middle East. He suggests that in this region, the uneasy combination of policies based on two contradictory traditions have gravely undermined U.S. credibility and complicated the war against terrorism.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780007164615
Publisher:
Gardners Books
Publication date:
11/07/2005

Table of Contents

1An exceptional nationalism?19
2Thesis : splendor and tragedy of the American creed48
3Antithesis part I : the embittered heartland88
4Antithesis part II : fundamentalists and great fears123
5The legacy of the Cold War150
6American nationalism, Israel and the Middle East173

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