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Wars and peace : the future Americans envisioned, 1861-1991

Author: David Mayers; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher: Basingstoke : Macmillan, ©1998.
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"Wars and Peace" is a history of the way that a range of Americans have tried to conceptualize peace during five national security crises: the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and Cold War. The author examines the intellectual foundations of US foreign policy since 1861 and analyzes the way that Americans, across the political spectrum, have in times of conflict conceptualized the era that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mayers, David.
Wars and peace.
Basingstoke : Macmillan, ©1998
(OCoLC)43338780
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Mayers; Palgrave Connect (Online service)
ISBN: 9780312299545 0312299540 1281366633 9781281366634
OCLC Number: 313430328
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 184 pages)
Contents: Introduction --
Malice Toward None --
Splendid Little War --
Safe For Democracy --
Freedom From Fear --
Evil Empire --
New World Order --
Notes --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: David Mayers.

Abstract:

"Wars and Peace" is a history of the way that a range of Americans have tried to conceptualize peace during five national security crises: the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and Cold War. The author examines the intellectual foundations of US foreign policy since 1861 and analyzes the way that Americans, across the political spectrum, have in times of conflict conceptualized the era that would follow hostilities. Mayers looks at this history in terms of a problem: How should the United States fashion its policy in the post-Cold War world? Discussing previous attempts to create postwar orders, Mayers reveals that they failed in the test to fulfil the hopes of their authors. Yet the cumulative impact of these ideas has been to shape collective imagination in America. Mayers argues that attempts at innovation notwithstanding, US purpose remains unchanged. W.E.B. Du Bois published these lines in 1935: "Nations reel and stagger on their way; they make hideous mistakes; they commit frightful wrongs; they do great and beautiful things." In this volume Mayers gives voice to a range of people who have acted on the political scene to show how Americans of all persuasions have flavoured the national discourse.

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