Reagan at Westminster: Foreshadowing the End of the Cold War [NOOK Book]

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President Ronald Reagan’s famous address to the Houses of Parliament is now considered—in its spirit if not in its actual words—to be the initial enunciation of his “Evil Empire” stance. In this important volume by two experienced rhetorical scholars, Robert C. Rowland and John M. Jones offer a historical-descriptive treatment that includes both rhetorical analysis and a narrative of the drafting of the speech. They consider Reagan’s focus on “ultimate definition,” “dialectical engagement,” and other rhetorical ...
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Overview

President Ronald Reagan’s famous address to the Houses of Parliament is now considered—in its spirit if not in its actual words—to be the initial enunciation of his “Evil Empire” stance. In this important volume by two experienced rhetorical scholars, Robert C. Rowland and John M. Jones offer a historical-descriptive treatment that includes both rhetorical analysis and a narrative of the drafting of the speech. They consider Reagan’s focus on “ultimate definition,” “dialectical engagement,” and other rhetorical tools in crafting and presenting the momentous address. They also note the irony of Reagan’s use of Leon Trotsky’s phrase “ash-heap of history” to predict the demise of Communism.
Rowland and Jones present three reasons for the importance of this speech. First, it offers new insights into President Reagan himself, through a view of his role in the drafting of the speech as well as the ideas it contains. Second, the speech is an act of rhetorical history, and its analysis helps recover a significant rhetorical artifact. Finally, the address ultimately expresses a rhetorical framework for the Cold War that systematically subverted the narrative, ideology, and values of Marxism.
Although initial response to the speech was tepid, Reagan considered it one of his most important addresses, and the hindsight afforded by the fall of Communism a decade later lends validation to that view, the authors suggest. Reagan at Westminster: Foreshadowing the End of the Cold War will highly commend itself to students and scholars of rhetoric, the Presidency, and political communication.
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"This book will be of interest to scholars in communication studies, political science, and history. Furthermore, it is written at a level that will allow graduate and undergraduate students to gain a better understanding the importance of presidential speechmaking." - A.L. Warver, Clemson University, Choice

— A.L. Warver, Clemson University

Choice - A.L. Warver

"This book will be of interest to scholars in communication studies, political science, and history. Furthermore, it is written at a level that will allow graduate and undergraduate students to gain a better understanding the importance of presidential speechmaking." - A.L. Warver, Clemson University, Choice

Rhetoric and Public Affairs - Valerie Lynn Schrader

"...a valuable rhetorical criticism of Ronald Reagan's rhetoric...thorough execution of rhetorical criticism...innovative observations...thorough and insightful...an insightful piece of scholarship...written in a clear, concise manner...an excellent choice for a case study...easy for readers to follow...a meaningful experience."--Valerie Lynn Schrader, Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill Campus, from Rhetoric and Public Affairs
Project MUSE - H.H. Gaffney

"...exemplary in its details...an excellent contribution to the Reagan historical archives."--H.H. Gaffney, CNA Corporation, former official in the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Journal of Cold War Studies
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603447911
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2010
  • Series: Library of Presidential Rhetoric
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 316 KB

Meet the Author

ROBERT C. ROWLAND, professor of communication studies at the University of Kansas, is the author or coauthor of four books, one of which, Shared Land/Conflicting Identity: Trajectories of Israeli andPalestinian Symbol Use, won the Karlyn Kohrs Campbell Prize in Rhetorical Criticism. JOHN M. JONES, associate professor of communication at Pepperdine University, has focused his research and publication on the rhetoric of Ronald Reagan. He holds a PhD from the University of Kansas.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Ronald Reagan's Address to Members of the British Parliament, June 8, 1982 1

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Ronald Reagan and the Evolution of Cold War Rhetoric and Policies 20

Chapter 2 The Drafting of the Westminster Address 37

Chapter 3 Ultimate Definition and Dialectical Engagement at Westminster 54

Chapter 4 Reaction to the Address 89

Chapter 5 The Importance of Reagan at Westminster 103

Notes 129

Selected References 147

Index 157

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