Neocolonialism American Style, 1960-2000 (Hardback)William H. Blanchard (author)
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This is a study of American interventionism and influence over other nations in the late 20th century. The central question raised is whether the United States gains by its symbiotic relationship with authoritarian regimes, such as with Iran under the Shah, Nicaragua under Somoza, and the Philippines under Marcos. Today, while we often hear statements which imply that the U.S. has no national interest which is in conflict with the common good, the long self-searching that followed the Vietnam War should make us more aware of the complexity of American foreign policy and more skeptical of our leaders' enunciation of U.S. national interest. While presidents often make use of the notion of American altruism as a justification for policy (President Bush in Somalia and President Clinton in Haiti, for example), William Blanchard exposes and explores that myth and the conflicts inherent in modern American foreign policy.
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 475 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
"A significant contribution to the literature on what is becoming a key debate, central to the future of the United States. Neoimperialism takes many forms, not least cultural and economic--and one suspects that the tensions engendered by U.S. globalized culture will have significant political consequences in the next half century."-Geoffrey S. Smith Professor of History, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario President, Peace History Society
"William Blanchard has achieved a deft mixture of highly engaging historical narrative and penetrating insights into American character. He shows how the United States has sought 'neocolonial' domination of other countries--domination achieved without military occupation, and without full awareness among the dominators of their own desire for power. He also shows, in his studies of specific episodes in American neocolonial history--such as our relations with Iran, Nicaragua, and the Philippines--how and why neocolonial policies go wrong. A good read, and an essential companion to other works on American history and foreign policy."-Walter Truett Anderson Fellow, Meridian Institute President, American Division World Academy of Art and Science