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An Empire If You Can Keep it
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Table of ContentsPreface; Maps1. America's Foreign Policy: Product, Process, and PurposeForeign Policy As Product: A U.S. Approach; Foreign Policy As Process: Getting Organized; Realism and Idealism in American Foreign Policy; The Limits of American Power; Power Politics and the Pursuit of Principles after September 11Conclusion2. Ideals and Self Interest: The American WayThe Founders and Foreign Policy; Young America, Old World; Europe, Keep Out!; American Wars; From Isolationism to Hegemony; Conclusion 3. Hegemony and Insolvency: The Burdens of a Great Power The Concept of Solvency; Latin America: Big Stick Diplomacy; The New Frontier: Opening Doors in Asia; World War I: Replacing the Old Order; Wilson's New World Order; Losing the Peace: The Tragedy of Versailles; Conclusion4. Between Wars: Collective Security and Delusions of PeaceCollective Insecurity (1919-1935); Back to the Future (1936-1941); The Failed Search for Solvency; Conclusion5. The Cold War: Containment and DeterrenceThe End of Isolationism; The Arsenal of Democracy: An Emerging Superpower; Containment: Big Idea, Big Price Tag; Containment Goes to War: Korea; Containment and Deterrence; The Nifty Fifties: Calm before the Storm; Conclusion6. Intervention against Communism: From Kennedy to ReaganForeign Policy on Hold (1964-1971); When Democracy Is Bad for America: Chile; Detente and Decline (1972-1980); The Limits of Idealism: The Carter Legacy; Bouncing Back: The Reagan Presidency, 1981-1989; Conclusion7. Democracy and Anarchy: America in the New World OrderPolicy without Vision (1989-1993); The Gulf War (1990-1991); The New Interventionism; Reinventing Foreign Policy (1993-1997); The Neoconservative Challenge; Conclusion8. From Intervention to Preemption: America's New CrusadeRussia: Neither Enemy Nor Partner; Reinventing NATO; Terrorism: Mischief or Mortal Threat?; Will the Real George W. Bush Please Stand?; An Act of War: September 11, 2001; America's New Crusade in Historical Perspective; From Clinton to Bush: A Study in Contrasts; Conclusion9. Power, Principles, and War: The Limits of Foreign PolicyThe Meaning of September 11, 2001; Doctrines versus Principles; Empires and Blowback; The Deadly "Game" of War; War and the Economy; Back to the Future; Conclusion; Index

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Thomas M. Magstadt earned his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has taught at the Air War College, Augustana College, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and University of Missouri-Kansas City; worked for the federal government as an intelligence analyst; and was a Fulbright Lecturer in the Czech Republic. He is the author of two political science textbooks, Understanding Politics: Ideas, Institutions, and Issues, 6th edition (2003) and Nations and Governments: Comparative Politics in Regional Perspective, 5th edition, (2004). His articles have appeared in such publications as Worldview, Reason, National Review, and many major newspapers.

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