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America's Mission


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*Frontmatter, pg. i*Contents, pg. ix*Foreword to the 2012 Edition by Janice Nittoli, pg. xi*Preface to the 2012 Edition, pg. xiii*Preface, pg. xvii*Acknowledgments, pg. xxi*CHAPTER ONE The United States and the Global Struggle for Democracy, pg. 1*CHAPTER TWO Democracy in the Philippines, pg. 37*CHAPTER THREE Wilson and Democracy in Latin America, pg. 60*CHAPTER FOUR Wilson and a World Safe for Democracy, pg. 84*CHAPTER FIVE FDR and World Order: Globalizing the Monroe Doctrine, pg. 113*CHAPTER SIX Democratizing Japan and Germany, pg. 146*CHAPTER SEVEN Eisenhower and His Legacy, 1953-1977, pg. 179*CHAPTER EIGHT Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, 1961-1965, pg. 214*CHAPTER NINE Carter's Human Rights Campaign, pg. 239*CHAPTER TEN Reagan's Democratic Revolution, pg. 266*CHAPTER ELEVEN After the Cold War: Wilsonianism Resurgent?, pg. 311*CHAPTER TWELVE From "Fortunate Vagueness" to "Democratic Globalism," 1989-2008, pg. 346*CHAPTER THIRTEEN Liberal Internationalism from George W. Bush to Barack Obama, pg. 363*EPILOGUE The Irony of American Liberal Internationalism, pg. 385*APPENDIX Notes on the Study of the International Origins of Democracy, pg. 391*Notes, pg. 415*Bibliography, pg. 469*Index, pg. 495

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Tony Smith is the Cornelia M. Jackson Professor of Political Science at Tufts University. His recent work includes "The Crisis of American Foreign Policy: Wilsonianism in the Twenty-First Century" (Princeton).


"America's Mission is a book with a mission. It's aim ... is nothing less than to overthrow the hitherto dominant theory dealing with American foreign affairs and to put in its place a different one."--Theodore Draper, New York Review of Books "America's Mission provides a comprehensive historical review of the record of American liberal internationalism. Tony Smith argues persuasively that liberal internationalism is not a cultural quirk of unsophisticated Americans. Rather, it has built on powerful global historical trends. The liberal internationalist streak in American foreign policy has, in turn, been responsible for shaping a liberal world order conducive to American security and economic interests."--Francis Fukuyama, New Republic "[Smith's] account of the 20th century is just about as close to unputdownable as it gets in the genre of political history, and ends up advocating what seems to be an appropriate level of optimism for what remains, after all, a terrifying and chaotic world."--Washington Post "This work, formidable in scope and scholarship, is a rousing defense of liberal Wilsonian internationalism... [Smith's] historical account [of attempts to implant democracy] is accompanied by a sophisticated analysis of the perspectives on democratization of Marxists, comparativists, and realists, who hold respectively, says the author, that the United States will not, cannot, and should not promote democracy worldwide."--David C. Hendrickson, Foreign Affairs "Smith elegantly ties explanation of the past to prescription for the future. No other contemporary political scientist ... has connected those two dimensions to this subject so well."--Mark P. Lagon, Perspectives on Political Science "This contentious study of US foreign policy is sure to generate new debates about the ideals and realities that inspire and legitimize US foreign policy."--Choice

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