Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Revisioned,1861-1991

Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Revisioned,1861-1991

by David Allan Mayers

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Overview

Wars and Peace is a historical look at how Americans have tried to conceptualize peace during five national security crises: The Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Mayers examines the intellectual foundations of U.S. foreign policy since 1861 and analyzes the way that Americans, across the political spectrum and in times of conflict, have conceptualized the eras that would follow hostilities. Mayers looks at history in terms of a current problem: How should the United States fashion its policy in the post-Cold War world? What is striking about previous attempts to impose order on a postwar world, Mayers reveals, is that they failed to fulfill the hopes of their authors. Yet the cumulative impact of these ideas has been to shape the collective imagination in America. Mayers argues that U.S. purpose remains unchanged and like that of every nation: to survive and to prosper.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312227708
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/20/1999
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.49(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

David Mayers holds a joint appointment in the History and Political Science departments at Boston University.

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
Introduction1
1Malice toward None5
2Splendid Little War23
3Safe for Democracy39
4Freedom from Fear57
5Evil Empire83
6New World Order109
Notes125
Bibliography157
Index173

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