To the Farewell Address: Ideas of Early American Foreign Policy (Hardback)Felix Gilbert (author)
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Washington's Farewell Address comprises various aspects of American political thinking. It reaches beyond any period limited in time and reveals the basic issue of the American attitude toward foreign policy: the tension between Idealism and Realism. Settled by men who looked for gain and by men who sought freedom, born into independence in a century of enlightened thinking and of power politics, America has wavered in her foreign policy between Idealism and Realism, and her great historical moments have occurred when both were combined. Thus the history of the Farwell Address forms only part of the wider, endless, urgent problem. Felix Gilbert analyzes the diverse intellectual trends which went into the making of the Farwell Address, and sheds light on its beginnings.
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Number of pages: 181
To the Farewell Address is a study of European influences in the ideology of those who developed American foreign policy as expressed in Washington's Farewell Address. . . . While this study is primarily addressed to professional historians and other students of history, it is of the greatest practical importance to all who desire to take a more intelligent interest in the nature of the aspirations and motives, the hopes and fears, that characterize the complex society of which contemporary America consists. Neither sociologists nor political philosophers, nor even American theologians, should neglect this book, which will delight historians by its professional excellence. The scholarly apparatus includes the text of various drafts of the Address as well as a distinguished bibliographical essay.--The Personalist