What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy

What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy

by H. W. Brands, H. W. Brands
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521630312

ISBN-13: 9780521630313

Pub. Date: 02/28/2013

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

For two hundred years, Americans have believed that they have an obligation to improve the lot of humanity. This belief has consistently shaped U.S. foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, two schools of thought have contended: the "exemplarist" school (Brands's term), which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a well-functioning…  See more details below

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For two hundred years, Americans have believed that they have an obligation to improve the lot of humanity. This belief has consistently shaped U.S. foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, two schools of thought have contended: the "exemplarist" school (Brands's term), which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a well-functioning democracy, and the "vindicationist" school, which asserts that force must sometimes supplement a good example. In this book, H. W. Brands traces the evolution of these two schools as they emerged in the arguments of the most important public thinkers of the last two centuries. This book is both an intellectual and moral history of U.S. foreign policy and a guide to the fundamental question of America's relations with the rest of the world - a question more pressing than ever in the confusion that has succeeded the Cold War: What does America owe the world?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521630313
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2013
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Exceptionalists All! The First Hundred Years1
2Brooks Adams: Marx for Imperialists22
3Walter Lippmann and a New Republic for a New Era47
4When the Future Worked and the Trains Ran on Time: Lincoln Steffens79
5Dr. Beard's Garden109
6Kennan, Morgenthau, and the Sources of Superpower Conduct144
7Reinhold Niebuhr and the Foreign Policy of Original Sin182
8God Blinked but Herman Didn't209
9On Wisconsin: Madison and Points Left238
10The Brief of Norman's Woe: Commentary and the New Conservatism263
11It Ain't Over till It's Over - and Not Even Then297
Notes on Sources321
Index327

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