The American Ascendancy

Author: Michael H. Hunt
Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807883419
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A simple question lurks amid the considerable controversy created by recent U.S. policy: what road did Americans travel to reach their current global preeminence? Taking the long historical view, Michael Hunt demonstrates that wealth, confidence, and leadership were key elements to America's ascent. In an analytic narrative that illuminates the past rather than indulges in political triumphalism, he provides crucial insights into the country's problematic place in the world today. Hunt charts America's rise to global power from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to a culminating multilayered dominance achieved in the mid-twentieth century that has led to unanticipated constraints and perplexities over the last several decades. Themes that figure prominently in his account include the rise of the American state and a nationalist ideology and the domestic effects and international spread of consumer society. He examines how the United States remade great power relations, fashioned limits for the third world, and shaped our current international economic and cultural order. Hunt concludes by addressing current issues, such as how durable American power really is and what options remain for America's future. His provocative exploration will engage anyone concerned about the fate of our republic.

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Publisher: Walter de Gruyter
ISBN: 311094149X
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Grenzen der Macht

Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe
ISBN: 3455501338
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Warum Amerika sich an den Rand des Abgrunds manövriert hat - und was das für Europa und die Welt bedeutet. Barack Obama ist mit einer ernsten Krise der USA konfrontiert, die tief in der amerikanischen Geschichte und Mentalität wurzelt. Der Ausweg: Die Nation muss einen neuen Realitätssinn entwickeln - aber gerade das fällt ihr am schwersten. Die USA sind wirtschaftlich, militärisch und administrativ am Ende. Jahr für Jahr verschulden sie sich in einem permanenten Kriegszustand, der Billionen schluckt, und die politischen Kräfte im Land blockieren sich gegenseitig. Der Autor analysiert in seinem profunden Buch die Ursachen dieses gigantischen Desasters. Sie reichen weit zurück in die Zeit des Vietnamkriegs, eine Ära, in der sich Amerika von der führenden "Nation der Produzenten" zu einer "Nation der Konsumenten" entwickelte. Seither, so Bacevich, ist es die Hauptaufgabe der Regierenden, die wachsende Gier zu befriedigen und den Bürgern zu versichern, dass am "American way of life" nicht gerüttelt werde. Genau das aber ist notwendig. Ein provokantes Buch, das in den USA viel Empörung hervorrief und dennoch zum Bestseller wurde. "Weitsichtig und erfrischend unbeeinflusst von den konventionellen Weisheiten." The Economist

Au enpolitik im Medienzeitalter

Author: Frank Bösch
Publisher: Wallstein Verlag
ISBN: 3835324764
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Außenpolitische Entscheidungen entstehen nicht nur in geheimen Verhandlungen. In Fallstudien wird die Rolle des Medienwandels und des Einflusses der öffentlichen Meinung auf die Diplomatie untersucht, aber auch die Bedeutung, die Außenpolitik den Medien beimaß. Mit Beiträgen von Rolf Ahmann, Frank Bösch, Jürgen Dinkel, Tim Geiger, Manfred Görtemaker, Peter Hoeres, Friedrich Kießling, Marcus König, Ariane Leendertz, Sönke Neitzel, Karl Heinrich Pohl, Andreas Rose, Bernd Sösemann, Henrike Viehrig, Hermann Wentker

Confronting America

Author: Alessandro Brogi
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 0807877743
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Throughout the Cold War, the United States encountered unexpected challenges from Italy and France, two countries with the strongest, and determinedly most anti-American, Communist Parties in Western Europe. Based primarily on new evidence from communist archives in France and Italy, as well as research archives in the United States, Alessandro Brogi's original study reveals how the United States was forced by political opposition within these two core Western countries to reassess its own anticommunist strategies, its image, and the general meaning of American liberal capitalist culture and ideology. Brogi shows that the resistance to Americanization was a critical test for the French and Italian communists' own legitimacy and existence. Their anti-Americanism was mostly dogmatic and driven by the Soviet Union, but it was also, at crucial times, subtle and ambivalent, nurturing fascination with the American culture of dissent. The staunchly anticommunist United States, Brogi argues, found a successful balance to fighting the communist threat in France and Italy by employing diplomacy and fostering instances of mild dissent in both countries. Ultimately, both the French and Italian communists failed to adapt to the forces of modernization that stemmed both from indigenous factors and from American influence. Confronting America illuminates the political, diplomatic, economic, and cultural conflicts behind the U.S.-communist confrontation.

Lament for America

Author: Earl H. Fry
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
ISBN: 1442603615
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Lament for America explores the major challenges to the status of the United States as a world superpower. In delving into the fundamental question of whether or not a relative decline is inevitable, the author recognizes that the changes faced over the next few decades will be more rapid and transformational than at any other period in American history. Lament for America offers concrete recommendations for renewal in areas such as defense policy, health care, education, and the environment, and serves as a useful guide to understanding how decisions will shape both the U.S. and global landscapes.

The Great American Mission

Author: David Ekbladh
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691152454
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The Great American Mission traces how America's global modernization efforts during the twentieth century were a means to remake the world in its own image. David Ekbladh shows that the emerging concept of modernization combined existing development ideas from the Depression. He describes how ambitious New Deal programs like the Tennessee Valley Authority became symbols of American liberalism's ability to marshal the social sciences, state planning, civil society, and technology to produce extensive social and economic change. For proponents, it became a valuable weapon to check the influence of menacing ideologies such as Fascism and Communism. Modernization took on profound geopolitical importance as the United States grappled with these threats. After World War II, modernization remained a means to contain the growing influence of the Soviet Union. Ekbladh demonstrates how U.S.-led nation-building efforts in global hot spots, enlisting an array of nongovernmental groups and international organizations, were a basic part of American strategy in the Cold War. However, a close connection to the Vietnam War and the upheavals of the 1960s would discredit modernization. The end of the Cold War further obscured modernization's mission, but many of its assumptions regained prominence after September 11 as the United States moved to contain new threats. Using new sources and perspectives, The Great American Mission offers new and challenging interpretations of America's ideological motivations and humanitarian responsibilities abroad.

Empire and Education

Author: A. Angulo
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137024534
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This book is about education and American imperialism from the War of 1898 to the War on Terror. Very little coordinated or sustained research has been devoted to the broader contours of America, education, and empire. And third, this volume seeks to inspire new directions in the study of American educational history.

Ideology and U S Foreign Policy

Author: Michael H. Hunt
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300158866
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This new edition of Michael H. Hunt's classic reinterpretation of American diplomatic history includes a preface that reflects on the personal experience and intellectual agenda behind the writing of the book, surveys the broad impact of the book's argument, and addresses the challenges to the thesis since the book's original publication. In the wake of 9/11 this interpretation is more pertinent than ever. Praise for the previous edition: Clearly written and historically sound. . . . A subtle critique and analysis.Gaddis Smith, Foreign Affairs A lean, plain-spoken treatment of a grand subject. . . . A bold piece of criticism and advocacy. . . . The right focus of the argument may insure its survival as one of the basic postwar critiques of U.S. policy.John W. Dower, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists A work of intellectual vigor and daring, impressive in its scholarship and imaginative in its use of material.Ronald Steel, Reviews in American History A masterpiece of historical compression.Wilson Quarterly A penetrating and provocative study. . . . A pleasure both to read and to contemplate.John Martz, Journal of Politics

Raising the World

Author: Sara Fieldston
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674368096
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Sara Fieldston shows how humanitarian child welfare agencies sponsored by Americans filtered political power through the prism of familial love after World War II. These well-meaning institutions shaped perceptions of the United States as the benevolent parent in a family of nations, and helped to expand American hegemony around the globe.