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

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While the man had very good points to make there were a few that I think were a little out of date (the book was written in 1997). I don't believe his views apply as fully today as they might have ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Goodreads

While the man had very good points to make there were a few that I think were a little out of date (the book was written in 1997). I don't believe his views apply as fully today as they might have ... 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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