By R. Crockatt

ISBN-10: 0203304497

ISBN-13: 9780203304495

ISBN-10: 0203355369

ISBN-13: 9780203355367

ISBN-10: 0415283418

ISBN-13: 9780415283410

ISBN-10: 0415283426

ISBN-13: 9780415283427

A reaction to the terrorist assaults of September eleventh, this paintings examines acts of terrorism in modern and ancient contexts, studying the explanations for such violent hatred at the usa and the numerous effect the assaults have had at the nation's self-image and experience of security.Each bankruptcy specializes in a special viewpoint from which to view the terrorist assaults including-American international coverage, Anti-Americanism, post-Cold conflict politics and Islamic fundamentalism.

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It remains the case that no overseas conflict in which the United States has been engaged approaches the Civil War of 1861–65 in its impact on American society, whether the criterion is absolute numbers of casualties or the number How America sees the world 17 24 of casualties in relation to population. ) The most costly of all post-Second World War interventions, the Vietnam War, resulted in a determination not to repeat the experience, not least because the costs were relatively high across the board—politically, economically, socially, and culturally.

America’s Cold War posture was a defensive reaction to communist aggression. Not to have responded to this threat would have been to submit to a siegelike existence. Old style political isolationism was not an option, but this did not imply an abandonment of cherished principles. ” Just as the United States did not rush to war in 1917 and 1941, it did not rush to take up a Cold War role, however committed it became (as in the cases of the two World Wars) once involved. The American Congress, listening hard to the people who voted them in in 1946 (a conservative Republican Congress as against a Democratic president), were slow to vote, for example, in favor of the Marshall Plan, debating the issue for long months and approving the bill only under the pressure of the communist coup in Czechoslovakia in February 1948.

Indeed, according to this view, the United States never sought global power; global power was thrust upon it, as a further glance at history tells. In purely economic terms, as we have seen, the United States was a world power by 28 How America sees the world the beginning of the twentieth century, but it chose not to exercise that power politically or militarily except where American interests were felt to be directly at stake. Until the First World War, this meant predominantly Latin America and the Pacific, including China, the European balance of power being largely a European matter.

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