A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. by Joan Hoff

By Joan Hoff

Professor Joan Hoff's A Faustian international coverage: Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush reviews U.S. international coverage in this interval by way of exhibiting how moralistic international relations has more and more taken on Faustian overtones. so long as the ideological end result of the chilly conflict remained unsure, there has been little cause of presidents or govt choice makers to query the unethical features of U.S. family with the remainder of the area or the common and unparalleled nature of yankee values. September eleven allowed the U.S. to claim its exceptionalism and dominance extra unilaterally than ever sooner than.

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In summary, despite its rapid economic development in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, its insignificant position in world affairs for most of the nineteenth century meant that the United States had the power and volition to pursue consistently only two of the diplomatic principles coming out of the American Revolution: continental expansionism and international arbitration of minor disputes. Thus, the 14:34 P1: JZP 9780521879057c01 CUNY1134/Hoff 978 0 521 87905 7 The United States Forms and Refines Its Diplomacy October 11, 2007 31 country added contiguous territory – except for Alaska, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Guam, and Hawaii – through treaties or wars with Native American Indians and foreign countries, starting with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, reaching new heights at the end of the Spanish-American War in 1898, and dwindling to such isolated acquisitions as the Panama Canal Zone in 1904, the Virgin Islands in 1916, and several small islands after each world war.

46 The United States cannot continue to practice both brands of Wilsonianism through independent internationalism by spasmodically promoting free 14:36 P1: JZP 9780521879057int CUNY1134/Hoff Introduction 978 0 521 87905 7 October 11, 2007 21 trade globalism and cooperation when it is convenient and profitable for its economic interests. Nor can it revert to willful unilateral interventionism and refuse to cooperate with other nations when more and more situations in the twenty-first century cry out for collective, humanitarian, and ethical actions.

4 To the degree that nations come to think of themselves as superior and exceptional, they make value judgments about other nations, usually without recognizing the closed system in which their own nationalist uniqueness operates. And most countries down to the present do think of themselves as superior to other nations, ignoring the fact that they are subscribing to a set of patriotic values that are relative to specific historical time periods. Little wonder, then, that since the proliferation of nation-states beginning in the nineteenth century, warfare has been on the rise.

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