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A sense of power : the roots of America's global role, John A. Thompson

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A sense of power : the roots of America's global role
Title
A sense of power
Title remainder
the roots of America's global role
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John A. Thompson
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Why has the United States assumed so extensive and costly a role in world affairs over the last hundred years? The two most common answers to this question are "because it could" and "because it had to." Neither answer will do, according to this challenging re-assessment of the way that America came to assume its global role. The country's vast economic resources gave it the country's vast economic resources gave it the capacity to exercise great influence abroad, but Americans were long reluctant to meet the costs of wielding that power. Neither the country's safety from foreign attack nor its economic well-being required the achievement of ambitious foreign policy objectives. In A Sense of Power, John A. Thompson takes a long view of America's dramatic rise as a world power, from the late nineteenth century into the post-World War II era. How, and more importantly why, has America come to play such a dominant role in world affairs? There is, he argues, no simple answer. Thompson challenges conventional explanations of America's involvement in World War I and World War II, seeing neither the requirements of national security nor economic interests as determining. He shows how American leaders from Wilson to Truman developed an ever more capacious understanding of the national interest, and why by the 1940s most Americans came to support the price tag, in blood and treasure, attached to strenuous efforts to shape the world. The beliefs and emotions that led them to do so reflected distinctive aspects of U.S. culture, not least the strength of ties to Europe. Consciousness of the nation's unique power fostered feelings of responsibility, entitlement, and aspiration among the people and leaders of the United States. This original analysis challenges some widely held beliefs about the determinants of United States foreign policy and will bring new insight to contemporary debates about whether the nation should - or must - play so active a part in world politics. -- from dust jacket
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COO
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1938-
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Thompson, John A.
Dewey number
327.73009/04
Index
index present
LC call number
E744
LC item number
.T485 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Politics and war
  • Intervention (International law)
  • Great powers
  • World politics
  • United States
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • HISTORY
  • Diplomatic relations
  • Great powers
  • Intervention (International law)
  • Politics and war
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • World politics
  • United States
Label
A sense of power : the roots of America's global role, John A. Thompson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
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cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new sense of power -- Advance and retreat, 1914-1920 -- A restrained superpower, 1920-1938 -- Lessening restraint, 1938-1941 -- Full-scale involvement, 1941-1945 -- Assuming "the responsibilities of power," 1945-1952
Control code
927444455
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501701788
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
40025377351
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22573/ctt20dhmsw
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)927444455
Label
A sense of power : the roots of America's global role, John A. Thompson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
A new sense of power -- Advance and retreat, 1914-1920 -- A restrained superpower, 1920-1938 -- Lessening restraint, 1938-1941 -- Full-scale involvement, 1941-1945 -- Assuming "the responsibilities of power," 1945-1952
Control code
927444455
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501701788
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
40025377351
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt20dhmsw
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)927444455

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