Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter With The World Since 1776
Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776
Promised Land, Crusader State, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Walter McDougall, is an iconoclastic reinterpretation of the traditions that have shaped U.S. foreign policy from 1776 to the present. Entertaining, fast-paced, and learned, it exposes the myths that obscure the real meaning of such concepts as American Exceptionalism, Isolationism, Manifest Destiny, Wilsonianism, and Containment. Taking up the torch of George Kennan, McDougall proposes nothing less than to cleanse the vocabulary of our sterile post-Cold War debate on America's role in the world. Looking back over two centuries, he draws a striking contrast between America as a Promised Land, a vision that inspired the "Old Testament" of our diplomatic wisdom through the nineteenth century, and the contrary vision of America as a Crusader State, which inspired the "New Testament" of our foreign policy beginning at the time of the Spanish-American War and reaching its fulfillment in Vietnam. To this day, these two vi
When the Cold War ended and left the United States without one clear, monolithic enemy or ideology to battle, a hint of confusion and indecisiveness entered U.S. foreign policy, revealing weaknesses...