American exceptionalism and US foreign policy : public diplomacy at the end of the Cold War /
Siobhán McEvoy-Levy.
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
ix, 256 p. ; 23 cm.
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Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave, 2001.
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Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Cambridge, 1999.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 210-248) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Siobhan McEvoy-Levy is Visiting Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Butler University and Visiting Research Fellow at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
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Appeared in Choice on 2001-12-01:
McEvoy-Levy (Butler Univ.) deals with the public diplomacy of the US government during four episodes at the conclusion of the Cold War. She examines the Bush and Clinton administrations' rhetorical use of the theme of American exceptionalism as the hostilities with the Soviet Union were winding down, the crisis in the Persian Gulf and the Gulf War, the Soviet coup and its aftermath, and the reconstruction of American foreign policy after the Soviet military threat disappeared. This volume well displays its author's scholarship and insights about her subject, but American exceptionalism proves difficult to analyze and discuss because it has been conceived and used in such varied ways. Doubtless, the study of additional situations in the US would show it to be even more malleable and useful. Further, no attempt is made to compare the American version of exceptionalism with those of many other states. The book is based on a doctoral dissertation and reads like a good one. It is a solid addition to the literature on American public diplomacy and will primarily interest graduate students and faculty. Extensive notes and bibliography. J. M. Scolnick Jr. University of Virginia's College at Wise
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"...covering the regime of George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton's first term...a timely reflection..."--David B. MacDonald, Millennium McEvoy-Levy does a good job of describing the significance of political rhetoric and identifying major rhetorical themes... -American Political Science Review
"...covering the regime of George Bush Senior and Bill Clinton's first term...a timely reflection..."--David B. MacDonald, Millennium McEvoy-Levy does a good job of describing the significance of political rhetoric and identifying major rhetorical themes... - American Political Science Review
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This book examines a critical time and place in recent world history--the end of the Cold War--and the strategies and values employed in the public dipomacy of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to build domestic and international consensus. It provides insight into the uses of presidential power and provides a model and an illustration for how rhetoric may be used in the study of United States foreign policy.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
What is public diplomacy?p. 2
Analytical approach and major findingsp. 3
Public diplomacy and policy: A special relationshipp. 8
Rhetoric and models of foreign policy analysisp. 13
Recurring themesp. 19
The structure of the bookp. 21
(R)evolution of an Ideap. 23
The recurring theme of American exceptionalismp. 23
Debating exceptionalism at the end of the Cold Warp. 32
Conclusion: normative and rhetorical challengesp. 43
Rhetoric of Reconstruction: Containment, Union, and Exceptionalismp. 46
Introductionp. 46
Rhetoric of reconstruction: 'moving beyond containment'p. 49
Rhetoric of reconstruction: the metaphor of the American Civil Warp. 56
Rhetoric of reconstruction: American exceptionalismp. 61
Conclusionp. 64
Crisis, Community, and the Persian Gulfp. 71
Introductionp. 71
The 'defining moment'p. 72
Building communityp. 73
World War Two analogiesp. 78
Purging Vietnamp. 81
The Gulf War and American exceptionalismp. 84
Conclusionp. 88
The Soviet Crises and US Public Diplomacy, April 1991 to November 1992p. 96
Introductionp. 96
The Soviet crisesp. 97
The summer summitsp. 99
The Soviet coup and US 'spin control'p. 102
Rhetorical strategies after the coupp. 104
The end of the Soviet Unionp. 106
The Presidential campaign and American exceptionalismp. 108
Conclusionp. 114
The Clinton Reconstruction of 1993: Domestic Renewal and the Global Economyp. 119
Introductionp. 119
The Clinton vision of dystopiap. 123
Rhetoric of reconstruction: the 'war effort' of 1993p. 128
Rhetoric of reconstruction: Soviet-American normalizationp. 133
Rhetoric of exceptionalism and credibilityp. 136
Conclusionp. 138
Conclusion: American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policyp. 143
Transitional community-building and elite legitimacyp. 144
Exceptionalism and Bush public diplomacyp. 146
Exceptionalism in Clinton public diplomacyp. 151
Crisis managementp. 154
Building sympathetic public ecologiesp. 156
The shifting meanings of exceptionalismp. 157
(Re)creating the nationp. 159
Towards soft hegemony?p. 162
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 210
Indexp. 249
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