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 critique of American political culture and its historical roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. Within that nationalism, Lieven analyses two very different traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism based on the democratic values of… See more details below

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In this controversial critique of American political culture and its historical roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. Within that nationalism, Lieven analyses two very different traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism based on the democratic values of what has been called the "American Creed." These values are held to be universal, and anyone can become an American by adopting them. The other tradition, the "American antithesis" is a populist and often chauvinist nationalism, which tends to see America as a closed national culture and civilization threatened by a hostile and barbarous outside world.
With America Right or Wrong, Lieven examines how these two antithetical impulses have played out in U.S. responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and in the nature of U.S. support for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a spotlight on the American political soul and on the curious mixture of chauvinism and idealism that has driven the Bush administration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195300055
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
08/15/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Anatol Lieven is a Senior Research Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C. His other books include Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power and The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and the Path to Independence, which was a New York Times Notable Book for 1993.

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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