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Promised land, crusader state : the American encounter with the world since 1776

Author: Walter A McDougall
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [1997]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Taking up the torch of George Kennan, Pulitzer Prize winner Walter McDougall proposes nothing less than to cleanse the vocabulary of our post-Cold War debate on America's place in world affairs. Looking back over two centuries, he draws a striking contrast between America as a Promised Land, a vision inspired by the "Old Testament" of our diplomatic wisdom through the nineteenth century, and the contrary vision of  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter A McDougall
ISBN: 0395830850 9780395830857 0395901324 9780395901328
OCLC Number: 35646415
Description: xiii, 286 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: The American bible of foreign affairs --
pt. I. Our Old Testament. 1. Liberty, or exceptionalism (so called). 2. Unilateralism, or isolationism (so called). 3. The American system, or Monroe Doctrine (so called). 4. Expansionism, or manifest destiny (so called) --
pt. II. Our New Testament. 5. Progressive imperialism. 6. Wilsonianism, or liberal internationalism (so called). 7. Containment. 8. Global Meliorism --
Conclusion: A delightsome spot.
Responsibility: Walter A. McDougall.
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A look at America's foreign policy over the past two hundred years posits the theory that America is struggling with two visions of itself as reflected in its foreign policy.  Read more...

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"Masterful wit, clarity, and insight." Christian Science Monitor "A rich study of the American experience." The Los Angeles Times "First rate." The New York Times "A valuable guide for today's Read more...

 
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