By Hilde Eliassen Restad
How does American exceptionalism form American overseas coverage? traditional knowledge states that American exceptionalism is available in diversifications – the exemplary model and the missionary model.
Being unparalleled, specialists in U.S. overseas coverage argue, signifies that you both withdraw from the area like an remoted yet inspiring "city upon a hill," or that you're known as upon to actively lead the remainder of the realm to a greater destiny. In her publication, Hilde Eliassen Restad demanding situations this assumption, arguing that U.S. historical past has displayed a remarkably consistent international coverage culture, which she labels unilateral internationalism. the U.S., Restad argues, has now not vacillated among an "exemplary" and a "missionary" id. in its place, the U.S. constructed an exceptionalist identification that, whereas idealizing the USA as an exemplary "city upon a hill," regularly errs at the facet of the missionary campaign in its overseas coverage. using the most recent historiography within the learn of U.S. international relatives, the ebook updates political technological know-how scholarship and sheds new mild at the function American exceptionalism has performed – and maintains to play – in shaping America’s function within the world.
This paintings should be of serious curiosity to scholars and students folks overseas coverage, safety experiences, and American politics.
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American Exceptionalism: An Idea that Made a Nation and Remade the World (Routledge Studies in US Foreign Policy) by Hilde Eliassen Restad