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An Empire If You Can Keep it
Author: Thomas M. Magstadt

ISBN: 9781568028798
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 242
Published: 31 January 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.6 x 15.0 x 1.3
Description:
If you want to get your students to really read the American foreign policy book you assign to fully digest and assimilate its content, select a book that is compelling, thought provoking, and relevant. Drawing on the Bush administration's foreign policy maneuvering and the realities of a post 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's political culture. Magstadt traces the country'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'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 complexitie...

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