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The Rise and Decline of the American Century [electronic resource] / William O. Walker.

Author/Creator:
Walker, William O., Jr., 1930- author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource
Subjects:
Hegemony -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
National security -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
In 1941 the magazine publishing titan Henry R. Luce urged the nation's leaders to create an American Century. But in the post-World-War-II era proponents of the American Century faced a daunting task. Even so, Luce had articulated an animating idea that, as William O. Walker III skillfully shows in The Rise and Decline of the American Century, would guide United States foreign policy through the years of hot and cold war.The American Century was, Walker argues, the counter-balance to defensive war during World War II and the containment of communism during the Cold War. American policymakers pursued an aggressive agenda to extend U.S. influence around the globe through control of economic markets, reliance on nation-building, and, where necessary, provision of arms to allied forces. This positive program for the expansion of American power, Walker deftly demonstrates, came in for widespread criticism by the late 1950s. A changing world, epitomized by the nonaligned movement, challenged U.S. leadership and denigrated the market democracy at the heart of the ideal of the American Century.Walker analyzes the international crises and monetary troubles that further curtailed the reach of the American Century in the early 1960s and brought it to a halt by the end of that decade. By 1968, it seemed that all the United States had to offer to allies and non-hostile nations was convenient military might, nuclear deterrence, and the uncertainty of détente. Once the dust had fallen on Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency and Richard M. Nixon had taken office, what remained was, The Rise and Decline of the American Century shows, an adulterated, strategically-based version of Luce's American Century.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
List of Abbreviations
Introduction: Henry R. Luce and the Security Ethos
Part 1. THE RISE OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY
1. Pursuing Hegemony
2. Protecting the Free World
3. Seeking Order and Stability
4. Sustaining Leadership
Part 2. THE DECLINE OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY
5. Bearing Burdens
6. Contending with Decline
7. Attaining Primacy
Conclusion: An Improbable Quest
Notes
Index
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 23. Nov 2018)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
ISBN:
9781501726149
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501726149 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.
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