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, a belief which has consistently shaped U.S. foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, there are two competing schools of thought: the exemplarist school (Brands' term) which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a

Overview

For two hundred years, Americans have believed that they have an obligation to improve the lot of humanity, a belief which has consistently shaped U.S. foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, there are two competing schools of thought: the exemplarist school (Brands' term) which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a well-functioning democracy, and the vindicationist school which argues 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 thinking and writing of the most important public thinkers of the last two centuries.

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; 1. Exceptionalists all! The first hundred years; 2. Brooks Adams: Marx for imperialists; 3. Walter Lippmann and a new republic for a new era; 4. When the future worked and the trains ran on time: Lincoln Steffens; 5. Dr Beard's garden; 6. Kennan, Morgenthau, and the sources of superpower conduct; 7. Reinhold Niebuhr and the foreign policy of original sin; 8. God blinked, but Herman didn't; 9. On Wisconsin: Madison and points left; 10. The brief of Norman's woe: commentary and the new conservatism; 11. It ain't over till it's over - and not even then.

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