A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush: Dreams of Perfectibility

A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush: Dreams of Perfectibility

by Joan Hoff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521879051

ISBN-13: 9780521879057

Pub. Date: 12/31/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W Bush: Dreams of Perfectibility critiques U.S. foreign policy during this period by showing how moralistic diplomacy has increasingly assumed Faustian overtones, especially during the Cold War and following September 11. The ideological components of American diplomacy, originating in the late eighteenth and

Overview

A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W Bush: Dreams of Perfectibility critiques U.S. foreign policy during this period by showing how moralistic diplomacy has increasingly assumed Faustian overtones, especially during the Cold War and following September 11. The ideological components of American diplomacy, originating in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, evolved through the twentieth century as U.S. economic and political power steadily increased. Seeing myth making as essential in any country's founding and a common determinant of its foreign policy, Professor Joan Hoff reveals how the basic belief in its exceptionalism has driven America's past and present attempts to remake the world in its own image. She expands her original concept of "independent internationalism" as the modus operandi of U.S. diplomacy to reveal the many unethical Faustian deals the United States has entered into since 1920 to obtain its current global supremacy.

About the Author:
Joan Hoff is now Research Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521879057
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/31/2007
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction: Toward a Faustian Diplomacy     1
The United States Forms and Refines Its Diplomacy     22
The Faustian Impact of World War I on U.S. Diplomacy     45
The Faustian Aspects of Prosperity, Depression, and War     68
Faustian Aspects of U.S. Cold War Foreign Policy     92
Cold War Transformation of the American Presidency     112
The United States Adrift in the Post-Cold War World     134
Flaunting Faustian Foreign Policy     156
Epilogue: The Legacy of George W. Bush     182
Notes     205
Bibliography     263
Index     289

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