American Exceptionalism and US Foreign Policy: Public by S. McEvoy-Levy

By S. McEvoy-Levy

The e-book examines a severe time and position in contemporary international heritage (the finish of the chilly struggle) and the techniques and values hired within the public international relations of the Bush and Clinton Administrations to construct family and overseas consensus. It presents perception into the makes use of of Presidential strength and offers a version and an indication of ways the position of rhetoric can be utilized to check the international coverage of the USA.

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73 One Newsweek columnist observed that the Cold War's end was linked to an imminent identity crisis and ambivalence about this shift transcended partisanship. 74 Is the shining city in decline? The `city on a hill' was in peril in the declinist texts of the late 1980s and early 1990s such as Paul Kennedy's The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers and Walter Russell Mead's Mortal Splendor and `On the Road to Ruin. 77 George F. 78 Such a position reflected the seriousness of American concerns about their economic well-being and the United States' ability to compete in the global financial arena.

It was part of a fullscale campaign to make exceptionalist ideas once again the foundation for domestic and foreign policy. 45 However, as the preceding suggests such sentiments tapped into a longer-standing attachment to exceptional status. Although in the twentieth century exceptionalism has been predominately evoked by Democratic Presidents, since Reagan it has had supra-partisan use. The evidence illustrates that exceptionalism is often and most successfully employed as a tool for community-building during times of transition.

32 As these examples also suggest, another important feature of Cold War American exceptionalism was that it was extended to include Western Europe. Ironically, as hemispheric dominance was replaced with global power, American exceptionalism, which had defined the United States in opposition to Europe, became Transatlantic exceptionalism as well. With the Americanization of the West during the Cold War period exceptionalism was extended. Arguably this was part of the original logic of the Puritan exceptionalism.

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