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American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam

US Foreign Policy since 1974

  • Trevor B. McCrisken

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 1-19
  3. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 40-55
  4. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 85-130
  5. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 159-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-237

About this book

Introduction

American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam examines the influence of the belief in American exceptionalism on the history of U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War. Trevor B. McCrisken analyzes attempts by each post-Vietnam U.S. administration to revive the popular belief in exceptionalism both rhetorically and by pursuing foreign policy supposedly grounded in traditional American principles. He argues that exceptionalism consistently provided the framework for foreign policy discourse but that the conduct of foreign affairs was limited by the Vietnam syndrome.

Keywords

Cold War Confidence crisis Foreign affairs foreign policy morality rhetoric war world order

Authors and affiliations

  • Trevor B. McCrisken
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

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