Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997 - 286 páginas
Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall reinterprets the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present in an entertaining and iconoclastic fashion (Philadelphia Inquirer).
In a concise analysis, McDougall divides American diplomatic history into two stages, which he calls Old Testament and New Testament phases.
The "Old Testament" phase, which ran from the Revolution to the 1890s, centered on protecting and perfecting America within. The New Testament phase, from the Spanish-American War to the present, is more interventionist, featuring competing ideals of containment, expansion, and meliorism. Within the "testament" phases, McDougall goes on to further categorize eight conflicting schools of thought.
Conversational in tone and highly educational, readers will appreciate McDougall's astute observations and overview of American foreign policy. Crucially, McDougall contends that by projecting U.S. standards and ideals onto other countries, the U.S. repeatedly overextends its resources and pays too a high a price for assuming such risk.
In Promised Land, Crusader State, McDougall has written a lively and provocative book (Wall Street Journal) that is a rich study of the American experience (Los Angeles Times).
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Too bad G W Bush and his buddies had not read this before making that fatal area in Iraq after 9/11. I read it after a visit to the Lyndon Johnson library in Austin and his home further south. Listening to the recorded telephone conversations about the quagmire Vietnam was becoming. Ler crítica na íntegra
PROMISED LAND, CRUSADER STATE: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776Procura do Utilizador - Kirkus
If American diplomacy can seem confusing to foreigners, that is because it partakes of eight different traditions, suggests Pulitzer Prizewinning historian McDougall (Univ. of Pennsylvania; Let the ... Ler crítica na íntegra
The American Bible of Foreign Affairs I
OUR OLD TESTAMENT
Unilateralism or Isolationism so called
The American System or Monroe Doctrine so called
Expansionism or Manifest Destiny so called
OUR NEW TESTAMENT
Wilsonianism or Liberal Internationalism so called
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