Carl Schmitt and the American century
in American foreign policy
Abstract only
Log-in for full text

You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.

manchesterhive requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals - to see content that you/your institution should have access to, please log in through your library system or with your personal username and password.

If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/extracts and download selected front and end matter. 

Institutions can purchase access to individual titles; please contact for pricing options.


If you have an access token for this content, you can redeem this via the link below:

Redeem token

This chapter offers an exegesis of the US foreign policy narrative nested in the political thought of the German jurist Carl Schmitt. According to Schmitt, Thomas Hobbes's poor 'mythological sense' had led him to choose a sea monster over the terrestrial monster Behemoth to capture the symbolic essence of his treatise on the sovereign territorial state. Schmitt's concept of Großraume refers to the geographical delimitation of a state's special 'sphere of interests', or 'zone of security', extending way beyond its legal territorial borders. In his 1941 book Volkerrechtliche Großraumordnung, Schmitt controversially argues that 'the 1823 Monroe Doctrine was in the recent history of international law the first and to date most successful example of a regional international law. Schmitt's Nomos was largely ignored in the Anglo-Saxon world during the entire duration of the Cold War.

American foreign policy

Studies in intellectual history


All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 72 16 1
Full Text Views 32 5 0
PDF Downloads 17 3 0