National Security and Core Values in American History by William O. Walker III

By William O. Walker III

There is not any e-book really like nationwide safety and center Values in American background. Drawing upon issues from the full of the nation's earlier, William O. Walker III provides a brand new interpretation of the heritage of yankee exceptionalism, that's, of the elemental values and liberties that experience given the us its very id. He argues political economic climate of enlargement and the hunt for defense led American leaders after 1890 to equate prosperity and security with worldwide engagement. In so doing, they constructed and clung to what Walker calls the "security ethos." Expressed in successive grand suggestions - Wilsonian internationalism, international containment, and strategic globalism - the protection ethos eventually broken the values voters cherish such a lot and impaired well known participation in public affairs. most vital, it ended in the abuse of government authority after September eleven, 2001, via the management of President George W. Bush.

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4 One dilemma confronting the founding generation, however, like that of the Puritans before them, was how best to preserve for future generations the nation’s faith in America’s own unique attribute – its republican virtue. 1 2 3 4 Quoted in Jack P. Greene, The Intellectual Construction of America: Exceptionalism and Identity from 1492 to 1800 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1993), 176. Marc Egnal, A Mighty Empire: The Origins of the American Revolution (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988), 1.

The proximate cause of this change in policy was a series of disturbances within several colonies that erupted in the late 1740s and early 1750s, coinciding with the resumption of war in Europe. This turmoil led governors throughout North America to complain about their inability to govern and 9 10 11 On the tensions inherent in a mercantile economy, see Charles M. Andrews, The Colonial Background of the American Revolution, rev. ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931), 69–118. On the Iron Act, see T.

Andrews, The Colonial Background of the American Revolution, rev. ed. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1931), 69–118. On the Iron Act, see T. O. Lloyd, The British Empire, 1558–1983 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1984), 68. On the intellectual and governing dilemmas occasioned by the idea of representation, see J. R. Pole, Political Representation in England and the Origins of the American Republic (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1971), 3–26. Greene, “An Uneasy Connection,” 68–71.

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