Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1997 - History - 286 pages
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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 America as a Crusader State, which inspired the "New Testament" of our foreign policy beginning at the time of the Spanish-American War and reaching its fulfillment in Vietnam. To this day, these two visions and these two testaments battle for control of the way America sees its role in the world.
 

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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. Read full review

PROMISED LAND, CRUSADER STATE: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776

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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 ... Read full review

Contents

The American Bible of Foreign Affairs I
1
PART I OUR OLD TESTAMENT
13
Unilateralism or Isolationism so called
39
The American System or Monroe Doctrine so called
57
Expansionism or Manifest Destiny so called
76
OUR NEW TESTAMENT
99
Wilsonianism or Liberal Internationalism so called
122
Containment
147
Global Meliorism
172
A Delightsome Spot
199
Notes
225
Bibliography
258
Index
274
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Walter A. McDougall received the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1986. A professor of international relations and history at the University of Pennsylvania and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Reasearch Institute, he lives in Philadelphia.

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