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Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan
     

Conservative Internationalism: Armed Diplomacy under Jefferson, Polk, Truman, and Reagan

by Henry R. Nau
 

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ISBN-10: 0691159319

ISBN-13: 9780691159317

Pub. Date: 09/15/2013

Publisher: Princeton University Press

"In this book, Henry Nau accomplishes the seemingly impossible, by recovering conservative internationalism as one of America's long-standing and respected foreign policy traditions. In eliciting vigorous engagement from all political sides, his dispassionate and learned book makes us reexamine some of our most cherished assumptions about core aspects of world

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"In this book, Henry Nau accomplishes the seemingly impossible, by recovering conservative internationalism as one of America's long-standing and respected foreign policy traditions. In eliciting vigorous engagement from all political sides, his dispassionate and learned book makes us reexamine some of our most cherished assumptions about core aspects of world politics. No serious student of American foreign policy can afford not to read this book closely."—Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"Henry Nau is one of our wisest scholars of international relations, and that wisdom is on full display here. Cutting across today's exhausted political categories, his book is a vision of limited government and personal liberty at home and abroad, achieved through an international engagement pioneered by Thomas Jefferson and developed by three of America's most successful presidents. It is a vision that will surprise and challenge conservatives, liberals, and realists alike."—John Owen, University of Virginia

"Arguing for the existence and advantages of a distinct American foreign policy tradition called conservative internationalism, this book is engaging, very well organized, and entirely relevant to current U.S. foreign policy problems. Grounded in a serious reading of the historical literature, and informed by a clear awareness of the main theoretical debates on the subject, this work is a worthy contribution to the field. There is no other book like it."—Colin Dueck, George Mason University

"In this compelling book, Nau identifies and defines conservative internationalism as an important but overlooked tradition in American foreign policy, from the time of Jefferson to Reagan. It is grounded in a deep understanding of American strategy and diplomatic history, and is integrated with a sophisticated treatment of competing currents in foreign policy analysis and prescription."—Robert J. Lieber, author of No Common Power: Understanding International Relations

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ISBN-13:
9780691159317
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
09/15/2013
Pages:
344
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition ix
Acknowledgments xix
Introduction - Traditions of the Eagle 1
Chapter 1 What Is Conservative Internationalism? 11
Chapter 2 America's Foreign Policy Traditions 39
Chapter 3 Recent Presidents: The Pendulum Swings 61
Chapter 4 Thomas Jefferson: Empire of Liberty 81
Chapter 5 James K. Polk: Manifest Destiny 110
Chapter 6 Harry S. Truman: Liberty in Western Europe 147
Chapter 7 Ronald Reagan: Liberty in Eastern Europe 171
Conclusion - Freedom and Force 201
Notes 247
Index 303

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