The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881 / Edition 1

The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881 / Edition 1

by David S. Foglesong
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521671833

ISBN-13: 9780521671835

Pub. Date: 09/13/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

David Foglesong tells the fascinating story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the 1880s. He analyzes the involvement of journalists, political activists, propagandists, missionaries, diplomats, engineers, and others in this grand crusade, with special attention to the influence of religious beliefs on Americans' sense of duty to emancipate,

Overview

David Foglesong tells the fascinating story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the 1880s. He analyzes the involvement of journalists, political activists, propagandists, missionaries, diplomats, engineers, and others in this grand crusade, with special attention to the influence of religious beliefs on Americans' sense of duty to emancipate, convert, or reform Russia. He discusses the impact of popular debates about changing Russia on how Americans felt about the United States, showing how the belief that Russia was being remade in America's image reaffirmed faith in America's special virtue and historic mission. He also demonstrates that, since the late nineteenth century, opposition to the spread of American influence in Russia has been characterized as evil. While the main focus is on American thinking and action, the book also discusses the responses of Russian and Soviet governments, Russian Orthodox priests, and ordinary Russians to American propaganda campaigns, missionary work, and popular culture.

About the Author:
David S. Foglesong is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521671835
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
362
Sales rank:
1,089,575
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents


List of illustrations     vi
Preface     ix
Introduction     1
"Free Russia": origins of the first crusade, 1881-1905     7
"The United States of Russia": culmination and frustration, 1905-20     34
Doors opened and closed: opportunities and obstructions in early Soviet Russia, 1921-40     60
Revival: hopes for a new Russia during the Grand Alliance, 1941-45     83
Visions of "liberation," 1945-53     107
Evolution, not revolution: the eclipse of "liberation" and the pursuit of "liberalization," 1954-74     129
Recovering the faith: renewal of the crusade, 1974-80     155
The Reagan mission and the "evil empire," 1981-89     174
Mission unaccomplished: America and post-Soviet Russia     196
Epilogue     219
Notes     230
Bibliography     310
Index     344

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