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Democracy and American foreign policy : reflections on the legacy of Alexis de Tocqueville

Author: Robert Strausz-Hupé
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J., USA : Transaction Publishers, ©1995.
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Since World War I, the United States has pursued the defense of Western civilization as a critical element of its own national interest. In his provocative reconsideration of that goal, Robert Strausz-Hupe asks whether the American people can still agree upon and adopt foreign policies consistently devoted to that end. He specifically examines popular and paradoxical attitudes that often undermine Washington's  Read more...
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Named Person: Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville; Alexis de Tocqueville
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Strausz-Hupé
ISBN: 1560001755 9781560001751
OCLC Number: 30028217
Description: xxiii, 183 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Foreword / Walter A. McDougall --
1. Alexis de Tocqueville --
2. Tocqueville and Nationalism --
3. Tocqueville and Hedonism --
4. Tocqueville and World Conflict --
5. Tocqueville and Equality --
6. Tocqueville and Marx --
7. Equality and Egalitarianism --
8. The Hypocrisies of Egalitarianism --
9. Meritocracy --
10. Democracy and Discipline --
11. Bureaucracy --
12. Foreign Policy and Interest Groups --
13. Idealism versus Realism --
14. The American Diplomatic Establishment --
15. American Attitudes towards Diplomacy --
16. The Military-Industrial Complex --
17. Isolationism and the New World Order --
18. The End of History --
19. The Power of Nationalism --
20. The American National Interest --
21. Why the Soviet Union Fell --
22. The Former Soviet Union Today --
23. The Primacy of Europe --
24. NATO --
25. The Middle East --
26. India, China, and the Demographic Revolution --
27. Towards a Union of the Democracies --
Postscript: Democracy and Statesmanship.
Responsibility: Robert Strausz-Hupé.

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Since World War I, the United States has pursued the defense of Western civilization as a critical element of its own national interest. In his provocative reconsideration of that goal, Robert Strausz-Hupe asks whether the American people can still agree upon and adopt foreign policies consistently devoted to that end. He specifically examines popular and paradoxical attitudes that often undermine Washington's ability to defend American and Western interests, attitudes towards society and the state, politics and government, instruments of foreign policy and the people who wield them. As the backdrop for his analysis, Strausz-Hupe employs the wisdom of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America, reiterating Tocqueville's finding that the driving force of American life is its passion for equality and democracy. To this insight, Strausz-Hupe adds another: When one realizes that domestic politics is the driving force behind foreign policy, one understands why "the foreign policy of the United States cannot be other than the defense of democracy everywhere." Unlike some analysts, however, Strausz-Hupe believes that this proposition states only the problem for American statesmen not the answer. The answer, Strausz-Hupe concludes, lies in a universal federation of democratic states. Democracy and American Foreign Policy will be of central importance to international relations specialists, policymakers, political scientists, and students of political philosophy.

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"This book brings together 27 short essays by an author who is both a noted student of international affairs and an experienced diplomat."</p> --D. J. Maletz, <em>Choice</em> Read more...

 
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