American Foreign Policy And The Utopian Imagination

American Foreign Policy And The Utopian Imagination

by Susan M Matarese

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An innovative look at the cultural roots of American foreign policy.See more details below


An innovative look at the cultural roots of American foreign policy.

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Since the fall of the Soviet Union, says Matarese (political science, U. of Louisville) US leaders feel they have the opportunity to contour the world to their desire without external hindrance, and have drawn on what they call the national image to decide how to proceed. She explores how that effort is being shaped by utopian literature by Americans in the 19th century, surveying over 200 such works written between 1888 and 1900. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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University of Massachusetts Press
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Kenneth Roemer
Matarese's primary scholarship is outstanding. . . . This is by far the most thorough and comprehensive survey of attitudes about international relations expressed in American utopian literature. . . . It is a convincing historical presentation of the resiliency of popular American notions of 'nation' and 'international.'
—(Kenneth Roemer, University of Texas, Arlington)
Howard P. Segal
This book's important topic is one that has not been treated systematically by anyone else. It should interest scholars and their students in such fields as utopian studies, American studies, international affairs, diplomatic history, and American literature. . . . Matarese writes clearly and crisply, which should make her work accessible to nonspecialists and students alike.
—(Howard P. Segal, University of Maine, Orono)

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