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National Security and Core Values in American History

ISBN-10: 052174010X
ISBN-13: 9780521740104
Edition: 2009
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Book details

List price: $20.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/6/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 366
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

There is no book quite like Core Values and National Security in American History. Drawing upon themes from the whole of the nation's past, William O. Walker III presents a new interpretation of the history of American exceptionalism, that is, of the basic values and liberties that have given the United States its very identity. He argues that a political economy of expansion and the quest for security led American leaders after 1890 to equate prosperity and safety with global engagement. In so doing, they developed and clung to what Walker calls the "security ethos." Expressed in successive grand strategies - Wilsonian internationalism, global containment, and strategic globalism - the security ethos ultimately damaged the values citizens cherish most and impaired popular participation in public affairs. Most important, it led to the abuse of executive authority after September 11, 2001, by the administration of President George W. Bush.

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction: "A City upon a Hill"
The Origins of the Security Ethos, 1688-1919
Commerce, Expansion, and Republican Virtue
The First National Security State
Internationalism and Containment, 1919-1973
The Postwar Era and American Values
The Construction of Global Containment
Civic Virtue in Richard Nixon's America
The Age of Strategic Globalism, 1973-2001
Core Values and Strategic Globalism through 1988
The False Promise of a New World Order
Globalization and Militarism
The Bush Doctrine
The War on Terror and Core Values
Conclusion The Security Ethos and Civic Virtue
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