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Modernization As Ideology : American Social Science and ""Nation Building"" in the Kennedy Era (00 Edition)

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Providing new insight on the intellectual and cultural dimensions of the Cold War, Michael Latham reveals how social science theory helped shape American foreign policy during the Kennedy administration. He shows how, in the midst of America's protracted struggle to contain communism in the developing world, the concept of global modernization moved beyond its beginnings in academia to become a motivating ideology behind policy decisions.

After tracing the rise of modernization theory in American social science, Latham analyzes the way its core assumptions influenced the Kennedy administration's Alliance for Progress with Latin America, the creation of the Peace Corps, and the strategic hamlet program in Vietnam. But as he demonstrates, modernizers went beyond insisting on the relevance of America's experience to the dilemmas faced by impoverished countries. Seeking to accelerate the movement of foreign societies toward a liberal, democratic, and capitalist modernity, Kennedy and his advisers also reiterated a much deeper sense of their own nation's vital strengths and essential benevolence. At the height of the Cold War, Latham argues, modernization recast older ideologies of Manifest Destiny and imperialism.

Synopsis:

A particularly interesting study.

Journal of American History Latham provides a detailed, clear, and largely well-supported study of several important U.S. Cold War foreign policies.

American Historical Review This book should be widely read by students and scholars of history, political science, sociology, and policy analysis.

Choice Latham's is an important book that should find a wide audience among those interested in the history of the Cold War.

International Affairs Elegant, precise, and copiously informative.

Anders Stephanson, Columbia University

Synopsis:

Explores how the social science concept of global modernization shaped American foreign policy in the Kennedy administration, from such programs as the Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress to an eventual recasting of Manifest Destiny and imperlalism.

Table of Contents

Contents

Foreword by John Lewis Gaddis

Acknowledgments

1. Modernization as Ideology: Approaching the Problem

2. American Social Science, Modernization Theory, and the Cold War

3. Modernity, Anticommunism, and the Alliance for Progress

4. Modernization for Peace: The Peace Corps, Community Development, and America's Mission

5. Modernization at War: Counterinsurgency and the Strategic Hamlet Program in Vietnam

Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807848449
Foreword:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Author:
Gaddis, John Lewis
Author:
Latham, Michael E.
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
History
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
United states
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Sociology - Social Theory
Subject:
Economic Development
Subject:
Social sciences
Subject:
Social change
Subject:
Nationalism
Subject:
Economic development projects
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
Nation-building
Subject:
Developing countries Economic conditions.
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
diplomatic history; American social science; national identity; American foreign policy; John F. Kennedy; modernization theory; Alliance for Progress; Latin America; Peace Corps; Strategic Hamlet Program; counterinsurgency; Vietnam War; modernization; dev
Subject:
Diplomatic history
Subject:
American social science
Subject:
national identity
Subject:
American foreign policy
Subject:
John F. Kennedy
Subject:
modernization theory
Subject:
Alliance for progress
Subject:
Latin america
Subject:
Peace Corps
Subject:
Strategic Hamlet Program
Subject:
Counterinsurgency.
Subject:
Viet Nam War
Subject:
modernization
Subject:
Development
Subject:
Manifest Destiny
Subject:
Imperialism
Subject:
Cold war
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
New Cold War History Paperback
Series Volume:
106-27
Publication Date:
May 2000
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 5.75 in

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Product details 304 pages University of North Carolina Press - English 9780807848449 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A particularly interesting study.

Journal of American History Latham provides a detailed, clear, and largely well-supported study of several important U.S. Cold War foreign policies.

American Historical Review This book should be widely read by students and scholars of history, political science, sociology, and policy analysis.

Choice Latham's is an important book that should find a wide audience among those interested in the history of the Cold War.

International Affairs Elegant, precise, and copiously informative.

Anders Stephanson, Columbia University

"Synopsis" by , Explores how the social science concept of global modernization shaped American foreign policy in the Kennedy administration, from such programs as the Peace Corps and Alliance for Progress to an eventual recasting of Manifest Destiny and imperlalism.
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