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What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (Paperback)
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What America Owes the World: The Struggle for the Soul of Foreign Policy (Paperback)

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Paperback 348 Pages / Published: 13/09/1998
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For two hundred years, Americans have believed that they have an obligation to improve the lot of humanity. This belief has consistently shaped US foreign policy. Yet within this consensus, two schools of thought have contended: the 'exemplarist' school (Brands' term) which holds that what America chiefly owes the world is the benign example of a well-functioning democracy, and the 'vindicationist' school which argues that force must sometimes supplement a good example. In this book, H. W. Brands traces the evolution of these two schools as they emerged in the thinking and writing of the most important public thinkers of the last two centuries. This book, first published in 1998, is both an intellectual and moral history of US foreign policy and a guide to the fundamental question of America's relations with the rest of the world - a question more pressing than ever in the confusion that has succeeded the Cold War: What does America owe the world?

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521639682
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 510 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
' ... a fascinating ... effort at a different kind of analysis of US foreign policy. Brand also covers new ground by writing, not a historical analysis, but an intellenctual and even moral history of US foreign policy.' The Times Literary Supplement
'The book is a welcome addition to the literature on the subject.' International Studies
"Brands's keen sense of intellectual evolution and knack for vivid summary...[are] enhanced by a judicious use of quotations from his principals. The writing is unfailingly clear, often lyrical....students of foreign policy should count themselves lucky to have What America Owes the World at hand." Adam Garfinkle, New York Times Book Review
"[This] book tells even the most learned historian of United States Foreign relations something new and worthwhile about commentaries on the American role in the world in the years since 1861." Robert D. Schulzinger, The Journal Of American History
"Brands's keen sense of intellectual evolution and knack for vivid summary...[are] enhanced by a judicious use of quotations from his principals. The writing is unfailingly clear, often lyrical....students of foreign policy should count themselves lucky to have What America Owes the World at hand." Adam Garfinkle, New York Times Book Review
"...vigorous, informal, and eminently readable prose, sparse footnoting, and an admirable focus on handful of principal theme....confidently and intelligently guided tour through a gallery of interesting and important thinkers." Journal of Economic History
"...this is a valuable contribution to the intellectual history of American foreign policy for upper-division undergraduates and above." Choice
"...vigorous, informal, and eminently readable prose, sparse footnoting, and an admirable focus on handful of principal theme....confidently and intelligently guided tour through a gallery of interesting and important thinkers." Journal of Economic History
"...this book is a welcome addition to the literature and should find a place on the reading lists of all who endeavor to teach the intellectual history of American foreign policy formulation." William C. Widenor, The Historian
"...a competent, clearly written, succinct summary of the arguements and anxieties of many opinion shapers in the history of American foreign relations. Larry Grubbs, Southern Historian

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