An empire if you can keep it : power and principle in American foreign policy /
Thomas M. Magstadt.
Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2004.
xviii, 263 p. : ill., maps, port. ; 23 cm.
1568028792 (alk. paper)
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Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, c2004.
1568028792 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Thomas Magstadt earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
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If you want to get your students to really read the American foreign policy book you assign&BAD:-to fully digest and assimilate its content&BAD:-select a book that is compelling, thought provoking, and relevant. Drawing on the Bush administration&BAD:'s foreign policy maneuvering and the realities of a post&BAD:9/11 world, Thomas M. Magstadt goes beyond a mere recitation of events in U.S. diplomatic history. He instead paints a vivid portrayal of the tension between the pursuit of power and the adherence to principle deeply embedded in the nation&BAD:'s political culture.Magstadt traces the country&BAD:'s move from vulnerable upstart in 1789 to great power by 1898 to unrivaled dominance at the turn of the twenty-first century. The United States started off relatively weak in the international balance of power system, giving rise to isolationism and a rhetorical flourish grounded in moral principles. But now, as the world&BAD:'s only superpower, considerations of security and self-interest compete head-to-head with the moral imperative for global leadership and the promotion of democratic ideals.The dynamics of process also matter in this struggle. This brief text illuminates the complexities of both policy&BAD: and decision-making in a way that balances coverage more compactly and more analytically than core texts do, thereby improving readability and student critical thinking.An Empire If You Can Keep It avoids polemics but does not shy away from the controversy raging in intellectual and policy circles over the Bush Doctrine. Magstadt places recent foreign policy developments in the context of America&BAD:'s historic sense of purpose, stressing the search for a new consensus and a new balance between power and principle, between hard and soft power.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. xi
Mapsp. xviii
North America circa 1800p. xviii
Westward Expansion of the United States, 1800-1853p. xix
America's Foreign Policy: Product, Process, and Purposep. 1
Foreign Policy as Product: A U.S. Approachp. 5
Foreign Policy as Process: Getting Organizedp. 13
Realism and Idealism in American Foreign Policyp. 22
The Limits of American Powerp. 27
Power Politics and the Pursuit of Principles after September 11p. 30
Conclusionp. 33
Ideals and Self Interest: The American Wayp. 35
The Founders and Foreign Policyp. 35
Young America, Old Worldp. 41
Europe, Keep Out!p. 47
American Warsp. 53
From Isolationism to Hegemonyp. 55
Conclusionp. 57
Hegemony and Insolvency: The Burdens of a Great Powerp. 60
The Concept of Solvencyp. 62
Latin America: Big Stick Diplomacyp. 63
The New Frontier: Opening Doors in Asiap. 68
World War I: Replacing the Old Orderp. 72
Wilson's New World Orderp. 73
Losing the Peace: The Tragedy of Versaillesp. 81
Conclusionp. 82
Between Wars: Collective Security and Delusions of Peacep. 85
Collective Insecurity (1919-1935)p. 86
Back to the Future (1936-1941)p. 95
The Failed Search for Solvencyp. 99
Conclusionp. 100
The Cold War: Containment and Deterrencep. 103
The End of Isolationismp. 106
The Arsenal of Democracy: An Emerging Superpowerp. 107
Containment: Big Idea, Big Price Tagp. 111
Containment Goes to War: Koreap. 121
Containment and Deterrencep. 121
The Nifty Fifties: Calm before the Stormp. 128
Conclusionp. 137
Intervention against Communism: From Kennedy to Reaganp. 140
Foreign Policy on Hold (1964-1971)p. 144
When Democracy Is Bad for America: Chilep. 146
Detente and Decline (1972-1980)p. 147
The Limits of Idealism: The Carter Legacyp. 151
Bouncing Back: The Reagan Presidency (1981-1989)p. 153
Conclusionp. 159
Democracy and Anarchy: America in the New World Orderp. 163
Policy without Vision (1989-1993)p. 165
The Gulf War (1990-1991)p. 170
The New Interventionismp. 173
Reinventing Foreign Policy (1993-1997)p. 177
The Neoconservative Challengep. 187
Conclusionp. 189
From Intervention to Preemption: America's New Crusadep. 192
Russia: Neither Enemy nor Partnerp. 192
Reinventing NATOp. 195
Terrorism: Mischief or Mortal Threat?p. 199
Will the Real George W. Bush Please Stand?p. 202
An Act of War: September 11, 2001p. 204
America's New Crusade in Historical Perspectivep. 211
From Clinton to Bush: A Study in Contrastsp. 216
Conclusionp. 217
Power, Principles, and War: The Limits of Foreign Policyp. 220
The Meaning of September 11, 2001p. 221
Doctrines versus Principlesp. 222
Empires and Blowbackp. 229
The Deadly "Game" of Warp. 231
War and the Economyp. 234
Back to the Futurep. 238
Conclusionp. 240
Indexp. 243
About the Authorp. 263
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