The New American Exceptionalism

The New American Exceptionalism

by Donald E. Pease
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816627835

ISBN-13: 9780816627837

Pub. Date: 10/31/2009

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

The advent of the cold war after World war II and the global war on terror following the Soviet Union's collapse helped the United States form an organizing logic that led to an unwavering belief in the nation's exceptionalism in global affairs and world history. In The New American Exceptionalism, pioneering scholar Donald E. Pease traces the evolution of these

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Overview

The advent of the cold war after World war II and the global war on terror following the Soviet Union's collapse helped the United States form an organizing logic that led to an unwavering belief in the nation's exceptionalism in global affairs and world history. In The New American Exceptionalism, pioneering scholar Donald E. Pease traces the evolution of these state fantasies, uncovering the ideological and cultural work required to convince Americans to surrender their civil liberties in exchange for the illusion of security.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816627837
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
10/31/2009
Series:
Critical American Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
260
Sales rank:
1,399,101
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction The United States of Fantasy 1

1 Staging the New World Order: Hiroshima, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and the Persian Gulf War 40

2 America of the Two Covenants: The Waco Siege and the Oklahoma City Bombing 68

3 A National Rite of Passage: The Return of Alexis de Tocqueville 98

4 Patriot Acts: The Southernification of America 129

5 From Virgin Land to Ground Zero: Mythological Foundations of the Homeland Security State 153

6 Antigone's Kin: From Abu Ghraib to Barack Obama 180

Index 241

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