A Sense of Power: The Roots of America's World Role by John A. Thompson

By John A. Thompson

Why has the U.S. assumed so wide and dear a job in international affairs during the last hundred years? the 2 commonest solutions to this query are "because it might probably" and "because it had to." Neither solution will do, in accordance with this hard re-examination of ways that the USA got here to imagine its worldwide function. The country's large fiscal assets gave it the means to workout nice impression in a foreign country, yet american citizens have been lengthy reluctant to satisfy the prices of wielding that strength. Neither the country's defense from international assault nor its financial overall healthiness required the success of formidable overseas coverage objectives.

In A experience of Power, John A. Thompson takes a protracted view of America's dramatic upward push as an international energy, from the past due 19th century into the post–World warfare II period. How, and extra importantly why, has the USA come to play the sort of dominant position in international affairs? there's, he argues, no uncomplicated solution. Thompson demanding situations traditional motives of America's involvement in global conflict I and global conflict II, seeing neither the necessities of nationwide safety nor fiscal pursuits as choosing. He exhibits how American leaders from Wilson to Truman built an ever extra capacious knowing of the nationwide curiosity, and why by way of the Nineteen Forties such a lot americans got here to help the associated fee tag, in blood and treasure, connected to strenuous efforts to form the area. The ideals and feelings that led them to take action mirrored exact points of U.S. tradition, now not least the power of ties to Europe. cognizance of the nation’s targeted energy fostered emotions of accountability, entitlement, and aspiration one of the humans and leaders of the United States.

This unique research demanding situations a few commonly held ideals concerning the determinants of usa international coverage and should deliver new perception to modern debates approximately no matter if the country should—or must—play so lively a component in international politics.

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