America's Mission: The United States and the Worldwide by Tony Smith

By Tony Smith

The energy and status of democracy all over the world on the finish of the 20th century are due in sturdy degree to the effect of the USA on foreign affairs, argues Tony Smith. the following for the 1st time is a booklet that files the extreme background of yank international coverage with admire to the promoting of democracy all over the world, an attempt whose maximum triumph got here within the occupations of Japan and Germany yet whose setbacks contain interventions in Latin the US and Vietnam.

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How should the North act after its victory in order to create a more perfect union in a situation where differences that had for so long seemed so extreme had been further compounded by the deaths of 620,000 soldiers (including one-quarter of the South’s white men of military age) and the destruction of two-thirds of the South’s wealth? The challenge of remaking the South so that its reincorporation into the Union could create a stronger nation was the only occasion prior to the twentieth century when the United States would attempt to rebuild an entire society in such a way that its character was compatible with dominant American cultural, economic, social, and political values and institution.

For some democrats, as for Abraham Lincoln, the cause of liberalism was inherent in the preservation of the Union. The president may not have 22 ⅐ Chapter One been explicit in his reasoning, but the Federalist Papers (1787–88) had insisted seventy years before Lincoln that without an indissoluble union among the states, fragmentation would lead to a competitive climate like that in Europe and there would be war. With war would come internal oppression exercised by a strong state wielding an army.

These considerations are developed at more length in chapters four, five, eleven, and the appendix. For students of comparative politics, this book insists on the importance of seeing the way in which international forces impinge on the evolution of the internal organization of states. Just as Confucian or Islamic systems of 32 ⅐ Chapter One government have diffused over vast areas encompassing discrete peoples in the past (and may again in the future), so in this century communism, fascism, and democracy proposed blueprints for government capable of being adopted worldwide.

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