America's Mission

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-02-21
  • Publisher: Princeton Univ Pr

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America's Missionargues that the global strength and prestige of democracy today are due in large part to America's impact on international affairs. Tony Smith documents the extraordinary history of how American foreign policy has been used to try to promote democracy worldwide, an effort that enjoyed its greatest triumphs in the occupations of Japan and Germany but suffered huge setbacks in Latin America, Vietnam, and elsewhere. With new chapters and a new introduction and epilogue, this expanded edition also traces U.S. attempts to spread democracy more recently, under presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, and assesses America's role in the Arab Spring.

Author Biography

Tony Smith is the Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His recent work includes The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton).

Table of Contents

Foreword to the 2012 Editionp. xi
Preface to the 2012 Editionp. xiii
Prefacep. xvii
Acknowledgmentsp. xxi
The United States and the Global Struggle for Democracyp. 3
Liberal Democratic Internationalism and American Foreign Policy, 18981921p. 35
Democracy in the Philippinesp. 37
Wilson and Democracy in Latin Americap. 60
Wilson and a World Safe for Democracyp. 84
Liberal Democratic Internationalism, 1933-1947p. 111
FDR and World Order: Globalizing the Monroe Doctrinep. 113
Democratizing Japan and Germanyp. 146
Liberal Democratic Internationalism and the Cold War, 1947-1977p. 177
Eisenhower and His Legacy, 1953-1977p. 179
Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, 1961 -1965p. 214
Liberal Democratic Internationalism and the Cold War, 1977-1989p. 237
Carter's Human Rights Campaignp. 239
Reagan's Democratic Revolutionp. 266
Liberal Internationalism after the Cold War, 1989-2012p. 309
After the Cold War: Wilsonianism Resurgent?p. 311
From "Fortunate Vagueness" to "Democratic Globalism," 1989-2008p. 346
Liberal Internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obamap. 363
Epilogue The Irony of American Liberal Internationalismp. 385
Appendix Notes on the Study of the International Origins of Democracyp. 391
Notesp. 415
Bibliographyp. 469
Indexp. 495
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