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Dangerous nation av Robert Kagan
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Dangerous nation (utgåvan 2006)

av Robert Kagan

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A reevaluation of America's place in the world from the colonial era to the turn of the twentieth century. Foreign-relations expert Kagan strips away the myth of America's isolationist tradition and reveals a more complicated reality: that Americans have been increasing their global power and influence steadily for the past four centuries. Even from the time of the Puritans, he reveals, America was no shining "city upon a hill" but an engine of commercial and territorial expansion that drove Native Americans, as well as French, Spanish, Russian, and ultimately even British power, from the North American continent. Even before the birth of the nation, Americans believed they were destined for global leadership. Underlying their ambitions, Kagan argues, was a set of ideas and ideals about the world and human nature.--From publisher description.… (mer)
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Titel:Dangerous nation
Författare:Robert Kagan
Info:New York : Knopf, 2006.
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Excellent account of US history from the earliest colonial days to end of 19th century, with emphasis on foreign policy. Busts the isolationist myth from the start. Even Washington's non-involvement statement is shown as having specific and limited application. Tells the story largely through the eyes of other historians, seamlessly weaving in quotes with full references at the end of the book. Specially interesting the Civil War and the invasion of Cuba, the first humanitarian intervention ( but they'd been toying with the idea for generations). Comes over as all the more convincing for being written by a well-attested neocon. Says it's first vol of two but I've not been able to find the second; maybe still to be written. ( )
  vguy | Apr 24, 2017 |
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  GregaP | May 15, 2013 |
A history of US foreign policy up to (but not including) the invasion
of Cuba. Very instructive, showing the US's long history of expansionism
and its tendency to impose its moral view on others by force. ( )
  cgodsil | Oct 17, 2009 |
The author definitely has a story to tell, and the discussions that the facts in the book open are endless, but book got "real long, real fast". Many paragraphs were too long. The book, which I found to be only volume 1 of a planned 2 volume set, could easily have been half the length. It was almost as if the author needed to add pages to make the research be more acceptable. For that reason, I give the book 2 1/2 stars. ( )
  ebethe | Mar 9, 2008 |
Good analysis of American foreign relations until the 20th century. Essentially an economic analysis, which is very convincing. The weakness is his dismissal of other motivations, particularly American exceptionalism. There are other times when he uses some questionable sources. His overall message is credible, but lacks nuance that could make it more comprehensive. ( )
  Scapegoats | Oct 20, 2007 |
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A reevaluation of America's place in the world from the colonial era to the turn of the twentieth century. Foreign-relations expert Kagan strips away the myth of America's isolationist tradition and reveals a more complicated reality: that Americans have been increasing their global power and influence steadily for the past four centuries. Even from the time of the Puritans, he reveals, America was no shining "city upon a hill" but an engine of commercial and territorial expansion that drove Native Americans, as well as French, Spanish, Russian, and ultimately even British power, from the North American continent. Even before the birth of the nation, Americans believed they were destined for global leadership. Underlying their ambitions, Kagan argues, was a set of ideas and ideals about the world and human nature.--From publisher description.

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