The strange career of nation- building as a concept in US foreign policy
in American foreign policy
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The strange career of American international ideas includes countless debates about policy, political party and ideology, but it replicates similar 'end of history' expectations. The American promotion of a particular nation-building vision, at home and abroad, connects different periods and people in American history. C. Vann Woodward's Strange Career made the case that the experiences of African Americans in the South were not an aberration from American political development, but instead an integral part of it. Like the views of race analysed by C. Vann Woodward, the assumptions about purpose and principle in American foreign policy are sufficiently protean to bend and adjust in different times, but endure in their core influence on decision-makers. American nation-building grows out of deeply held domestic beliefs about democracy and capitalism.

American foreign policy

Studies in intellectual history



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