9780415935364

Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415935364

  • ISBN10:

    0415935369

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2002-09-06
  • Publisher: Routledge

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"God has a special providence for fools, drunks and the United States of America."--Otto von Bismarck America's response to the September 11 attacks spotlighted many of the country's longstanding goals on the world stage: to protect liberty at home, to secure America's economic interests, to spread democracy in totalitarian regimes and to vanquish the enemy utterly. One of America's leading foreign policy thinkers, Walter Russell Mead, argues that these diverse, conflicting impulses have in fact been the key to the U.S.'s success in the world. In a sweeping new synthesis, Mead uncovers four distinct historical patterns in foreign policy, each exemplified by a towering figure from our past. Wilsonians are moral missionaries, making the world safe for democracy by creating international watchdogs like the U.N. Hamiltonians likewise support international engagement, but their goal is to open foreign markets and expand the economy. Populist Jacksonians support a strong military, one thatshould be used rarely, but then with overwhelming force to bring the enemy to its knees. Jeffersonians, concerned primarily with liberty at home, are suspicious of both big military and large-scale international projects. A striking new vision of America's place in the world, Special Providence transcends stale debates about realists vs. idealists and hawks vs. doves to provide a revolutionary, nuanced, historically-grounded view of American foreign policy.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Richard C. Leone
Introduction xv
The American Foreign Policy Tradition
3(27)
The Kaleidoscope of American Foreign Policy
30(26)
Changing the Paradigms
56(43)
The Serpent and the Dove: The Hamiltonian Way
99(33)
The Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur: Wilsonianism and Its Mission
132(42)
``Vindicator Only of Her Own'': The Jeffersonian Tradition
174(44)
Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright: The School of Andrew Jackson
218(46)
The Rise and Retreat of the New World Order
264(46)
The Future of American Foreign Policy
310(25)
Afterword 335(4)
Notes 339(16)
Acknowledgments 355(4)
Index 359

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