New PDF release: America Embattled

By R. Crockatt

ISBN-10: 0203304497

ISBN-13: 9780203304495

ISBN-10: 0203355369

ISBN-13: 9780203355367

ISBN-10: 0415283418

ISBN-13: 9780415283410

ISBN-10: 0415283426

ISBN-13: 9780415283427

A reaction to the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, this paintings examines acts of terrorism in modern and historic contexts, studying the explanations for such violent hatred at the usa and the numerous impression the assaults have had at the nation's self-image and feel of security.Each bankruptcy specializes in a special standpoint from which to view the terrorist assaults including-American international coverage, Anti-Americanism, post-Cold warfare politics and Islamic fundamentalism.

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This in itself is not surprising. The 16 How America sees the world same conclusions could be drawn about the populations of many nations in the world. The significance of the American case is its association with a society that, at least since entry into the Second World War, has been continuously engaged as a major player in the affairs of other nations. American insulation may be put down in part to the presentation of news in the broadcast media in the United States. A British BBC journalist, admittedly displaying professional and possibly national bias, observed that “Americans settled for second best in their news broadcasting, which is why millions were so shocked by the terrible mass murder of September 11.

Thus, James Petras and Morris Morley entitle their book Empire or Republic? ”39 There is no shortage of evidence in the documentary record of the language of empire. The phrase manifest destiny, which was first invoked in the 1840s, reflected assumptions about the inevitability and rightness (indeed righteousness) of American expansion. Secretary of State William Seward, described by one historian as “the central figure of nineteenth century American imperialism,” remarked on the completion in 1869 of the Union Pacific railroad linking the east and west coasts of the United States that “The world contains no seat of empire so magnificent as this which … offers supplies on the Atlantic shores to the over-crowded nations of Europe, while on the Pacific coast it intercepts the commerce of the Indies.

20 Even if Clinton himself could not be described in these terms, in the aftermath of the end of the Cold War, many Americans assumed that America could yet again return to normalcy. However, there are other reasons for wanting to retain the concept of isolationism if not the term itself. Most importantly, isolationism can be regarded as a frame of mind rather than a policy, a cultural as much as a political expression of American attitudes toward the outside world, which exists to some extent independently of government policies.

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