What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 13, 1998 - History - 335 pages
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For two hundred years, Americans have believed that they have an obligation to improve the lot of humanity, a belief which has consistently shaped U.S. foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, there are two competing schools of thought: the "exemplarist" school (Brands' term) which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a well-functioning democracy, and the "vindicationist" school which argues that force must sometimes supplement a good example. In this book, H.W. Brands traces the evolution of these two schools as they emerged in the thinking and writing of the most important public thinkers of the last two centuries.
 

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Contents

Exceptionalists All The First Hundred Years
1
Brooks Adams Marx for Imperialists
22
Walter Lippmann and a New Republic for a New Era
47
When the Future Worked and the Trains Ran on Time Lincoln Strffens
79
Dr Beards Garden
109
Kennan Morgenthau and the Sources of Superpower Conduct
144
Reinhold Niebuhr and the Foreign Policy of Original Sin
182
God Blinked but Herman Didnt
209
On Wisconsin Madison and Points Left
238
The Brief of Normans Woe Commentary and the New Conservatism
263
It Aint Over till Its Over and Not Even Then
297
Note on Sources
321
Index
327
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About the author (1998)

H.W. Brands was born Henry William Brands in Oregon. He graduated from Stanford University in 1975 with a B.A. in history, and from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. He went on to earn his graduate degree in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. He taught at Vanderbuuilt University and Texas A&M University before he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He acquired the title of Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the U of Texas. He specializes in American History and politics, with books including Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, the First American, and TR. While several of his books have been best sellers, two of them - Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lectures often on historical and current events and he can be seen and heard on national television and radio programs.

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