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: 052174010X

ISBN-13: 9780521740104

Pub. Date: 04/06/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

There is no book quite like National Security and Core Values in American History. Drawing upon 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

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There is no book quite like National Security and Core Values in American History. Drawing upon 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.” Expressed in successive grand strategies – Wilsonian internationalism, global containment, and strategic globalism – the security ethos ultimately damaged the values citizens cherish most and impaired popular participation in public affairs. Most important, it led to the abuse of executive authority after September 11, 2001, by the administration of President George W. Bush.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521740104
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/06/2009
Pages:
366
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Origins of the Security Ethos, 1688–1919: 1. Commerce, expansion, and republican virtue; 2. The first national security state; Part II. Internationalism and Containment, 1919–1973: 3. The postwar era and American values; 4. The construction of global containment; 5. Civic virtue in Richard Nixon's America; Part III. The Age of Strategic Globalism, 1973–2001: 6. Core values and strategic globalism through 1988; 7. The false promise of a new world order; 8. Globalization and militarism; Part IV. The Bush Doctrine: 9. The war on terror and core values; Conclusion: The security ethos and civic virtue.

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