American Adventurism Abroad: 30 Invasions, Interventions, and Regime Changes since World War II

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This book provides a comparative analysis of 30 American interventions into Third World countries. An historical approach is used to place the featured cases into a more general history of American Diplomacy. The author uses his assessments to prove that U.S. foreign policy has been driven by the goal of being the ultimate power in the global capitalist economic system. The author makes his work unique by giving a critical view of America's place in the world during an anticipated time of war and raised ...

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Overview

This book provides a comparative analysis of 30 American interventions into Third World countries. An historical approach is used to place the featured cases into a more general history of American Diplomacy. The author uses his assessments to prove that U.S. foreign policy has been driven by the goal of being the ultimate power in the global capitalist economic system. The author makes his work unique by giving a critical view of America's place in the world during an anticipated time of war and raised patriotism. He provides a scholarly look at U.S. diplomacy leading up to the era of the War on Terror.

Sullivan explains how over the past 50 years the U.S. has come to succeed Europe as ruler of the global economic system. The political systems which have been promoted by the U.S. to preserve worldwide capitalism range from one-party rule to monarchies and recurring civil war. The interventions discussed have proved to be short-term successes for U.S. policy, but more often tragic for the local societies affected. Sullivan draws on his 1996 release Comparing State Polities to create a number of tables that place U.S. involvement into geographic and hierarchic perspective. The reader is ultimately provided with a provocative thesis that challenges traditional interpretations of America's role in the world. This book will be an asset to any undergraduate college student taking classes in political science or history. It will also appeal to a general audience.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275972769
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.66 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Sullivan

MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN, III is professor of Political Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, P.A. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he is author of Measuring Global Values, and Comparing State Polities (Greenwood). He has also published articles on arms control and nuclear non-proliferation in various scholarly journals, and is the winner of fellowships from Pew foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. He also holds the Lindback Award for Excellence in Teaching.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I The early years : embracing a new role, 1945-60 15
Ch. 1 From World War II to the Cold War : the Truman years, 1945-52 17
Ch. 2 The expanding empire under Eisenhower, 1953-60 37
Pt. II The extremist years, 1961-76 61
Ch. 3 The Kennedy-Johnson idealist extensions, 1961-68 63
Ch. 4 The Nixon-Ford realist consolidations, 1969-76 105
Pt. III The four-year aberration, 1977-80 131
Ch. 5 Jimmy Carter's human rights pause, 1977-80 132
Pt. IV Transition to the contemporary era, 1981-2000 139
Ch. 6 Ronald Reagan : the last cold warrior, 1981-88 141
Ch. 7 The post-Cold War era : Bush, Clinton, and the search for new themes, 1989-2000 163
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