America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

by Anatol Lieven
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Oxford University Press
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America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism

In this controversial critique of American political culture and its historical roots, Anatol Lieven contends that U.S. foreign policy since 9/11 has been shaped by the special character of our nationalism. Within that nationalism, Lieven analyses two very different traditions. One is the "American thesis," a civic nationalism based on the democratic values of what has been called the "American Creed." These values are held to be universal, and anyone can become an American by adopting them. The other tradition, the "American antithesis" is a populist and often chauvinist nationalism, which tends to see America as a closed national culture and civilization threatened by a hostile and barbarous outside world.
With America Right or Wrong, Lieven examines how these two antithetical impulses have played out in U.S. responses to the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and in the nature of U.S. support for Israel. This hard-hitting critique directs a spotlight on the American political soul and on the curious mixture of chauvinism and idealism that has driven the Bush administration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195300055
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition Preface Introduction One: An Exceptional Nationalism? Two: Thesis: Splendor and Tragedy of the American Creed Three: Antithesis Part I: The Embittered heartland Four: Antithesis Part II: Fundamentalists and Great Fears Five: The Legacy of the Cold War Six: American Nationalism, Israel and the Middle East Conclusion References Notes Index

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