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The Ambiguous Legacy

The Ambiguous Legacy
U.S. Foreign Relations in the 'American Century'

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Michael J. Hogan, Henry R. Luce, Tony Smith, Geir Lundestad, Robert Jervis, H. W. Brands, Walter LaFeber, Joan Hoff, Michael H. Hunt, Bruce Cumings, Gerald Horne, Godfrey Hodgson, Volker R. Berghahn, Akira Iriye, Emily S. Rosenberg, Reinhold Wagnletiner, Rob Kroes
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  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521779777

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  • This timely collection of essays offers one of the first serious efforts to assess the record of American foreign policy over the course of the twentieth century. The essays comprise the work of political scientists as well as historians, conservatives as well as liberals, foreign scholars as well as Americans. Taking off from Henry Luce's vision of an "American century," the authors discuss such important topics as the American conception of the national interest, the tension between democracy and capitalism, the U. S. role in both the developed and underdeveloped worlds, party politics and foreign policy, the significance of race in American foreign relations, and the cultural impact of American diplomacy on the world at large. The result is a lively collection of essays by authors who often disagree but who nonetheless provide the reader with keen insights about the past and provocative views of the future.

    • A comprehensive treatment of the subject
    • Deals with the most important developments in US foreign policy during the twentieth century
    • Provides the views of some of the nation's most distinguished scholars
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    "The book is comprehensive in scope, covering issues from foreign policy making, to race, the Third World, non-governmental organizations, consumerism, philanthropy, and cultural imperialism. It is also coherent, which is quite an accomplishment given its size and scope. . . .there is something to interest everyone here." International Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521779777
    • length: 552 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    The authors
    Introduction Michael J. Hogan
    'The American century' Henry R. Luce
    1. Making the world safe for democracy Tony Smith
    2. 'Empire by invitation' in the American century Geir Lundestad
    3. America and the twentieth century: continuity and change Robert Jervis
    4. The idea of the national interest H. W. Brands
    5. The tension between democracy and capitalism during the American century Walter LaFeber
    6. The American century: from Sarajevo to Sarajevo Joan Hoff
    7. East Asia in Henry Luce's 'American century' Michael H. Hunt
    8. The American century and the third world Bruce Cumings
    9. Race from power: US foreign policy and the general crisis of 'white supremacy' Gerald Horne
    10. Immigrants and frontiersmen: two traditions in American foreign policy Godfrey Hodgson
    11. Partisan politics and foreign policy in the American century Michael J. Hogan
    12. Philanthropy and diplomacy in the American century Volker R. Berghahn
    13. A century of NGOs Akira Iriye
    14. Consuming women: images of Americanization in the 'American century' Emily S. Rosenberg
    15. The empire of the fun, or talkin' Soviet Union blues: the sound of freedom and US cultural hegemony in Europe Reinhold Wagnleitner
    16. American empire and cultural imperialism: a view from the receiving end Rob Kroes

  • Editor

    Michael J. Hogan, Ohio State University


    Michael J. Hogan, Henry R. Luce, Tony Smith, Geir Lundestad, Robert Jervis, H. W. Brands, Walter LaFeber, Joan Hoff, Michael H. Hunt, Bruce Cumings, Gerald Horne, Godfrey Hodgson, Volker R. Berghahn, Akira Iriye, Emily S. Rosenberg, Reinhold Wagnletiner, Rob Kroes

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