National Security and Core Values in American History

National Security and Core Values in American History

by William O. Walker III
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521518598

ISBN-13: 9780521518598

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There is no Book quite like National Security and Core Values in American History. Drawing on themes from the whole of the nation's past, William O. Walker III presents a new interpretation of the history of American exceptionalism; that is, of the basic values and liberties that have given the United States its very identity. He argues that a political economy of

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There is no Book quite like National Security and Core Values in American History. Drawing on themes from the whole of the nation's past, William O. Walker III presents a new interpretation of the history of American exceptionalism; that is, of the basic values and liberties that have given the United States its very identity. He argues that a political economy of expansion and the quest for security led American leaders after 1890 to equate prosperity and safety with global engagement. In so doing, they developed and clung to what Walker calls the "security ethos."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521518598
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: "A City upon a Hill" 1

Part 1 The Origins of the Security Ethos, 1688-1919

1 Commerce, Expansion, and Republican Virtue 13

2 The First National Security State 45

Part 2 Internationalism and Containment, 1919-1973

3 The Postwar Era and American Values 75

4 The Construction of Global Containment 102

5 Civic Virtue in Richard Nixon's America 131

Part 3 The Age of Strategic Globalism, 1973-2001

6 Core Values and Strategic Globalism through 1988 167

7 The False Promise of a New World Order 203

8 Globalization and Militarism 227

Part 4 The Bush Doctrine

9 The War on Terror and Core Values 259

Conclusion The Security Ethos and Civic Virtue 293

Select Bibliography 309

Index 323

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