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

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Promised Land, Crusader State, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall, is an iconoclastic reinterpretation of the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. Entertaining, fast-paced, and learned, it exposes the myths that obscure the real meaning of such concepts as American Exceptionalism, Isolationism, Manifest Destiny, Wilsonianism, and Containment. Taking up the torch of George Kennan, McDougall proposes nothing less than to cleanse the vocabulary of our sterile post-Cold War debate on America's role in the world. Looking back over two centuries, he draws a striking contrast between America as a Promised Land, a vision that inspired 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 vi

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In "an entertaining and iconoclastic fashion" (Philadelphia Inquirer), the celebrated historian reinterprets the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. "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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Includes bibliographical references (p. 258-273) and index.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780395830857
Subtitle:
The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
Author:
Mcdougall, Walter
Author:
McDougall, Walter
Publisher:
Mariner Books
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Foreign relations
Subject:
United States Foreign relations.
Subject:
âEtats-Unis
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
19980515
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.69 in 0.79 lb

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In "an entertaining and iconoclastic fashion" (Philadelphia Inquirer), the celebrated historian reinterprets the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. "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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