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By John A. Thompson

Why has the us assumed so huge and dear a task in global affairs during the last hundred years? the 2 commonest solutions to this question are "because it may possibly" and "because it had to." Neither solution will do, in accordance with this difficult re-evaluation of ways that the US got here to imagine its worldwide position. The country's enormous fiscal assets gave it the ability to workout nice impression out of the country, yet american citizens have been lengthy reluctant to satisfy the prices of wielding that strength. Neither the country's safeguard from international assault nor its monetary future health required the fulfillment of formidable international coverage objectives.

In A experience of Power, John A. Thompson takes an extended view of America's dramatic upward thrust as a global strength, from the past due 19th century into the post–World battle II period. How, and extra importantly why, has the United States come to play this kind of dominant position in international affairs? there's, he argues, no uncomplicated solution. Thompson demanding situations traditional causes of America's involvement in global struggle I and international conflict II, seeing neither the necessities of nationwide defense nor monetary pursuits as deciding upon. He indicates how American leaders from Wilson to Truman built an ever extra capacious knowing of the nationwide curiosity, and why via the Nineteen Forties so much americans got here to help the cost tag, in blood and treasure, hooked up to strenuous efforts to form the realm. The ideals and feelings that led them to take action mirrored designated features of U.S. tradition, no longer least the power of ties to Europe. cognizance of the nation’s targeted strength fostered emotions of accountability, entitlement, and aspiration one of the humans and leaders of the United States.

This unique research demanding situations a few greatly held ideals in regards to the determinants of usa international coverage and may convey new perception to modern debates approximately no matter if the country should―or must―play so energetic an element in global politics.

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