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Creating the American Century

The Ideas and Legacies of America's Twentieth-Century Foreign Policy Founders

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In his last work before his death in 2014, American historian Martin J. Sklar analyzes the influence of early twentieth-century foreign policy makers, focusing on modernization, global development, and the meaning of the 'American Century'. Calling this group of government officials and their advisors, including business leaders and economists, the 'founders of US foreign policy', Sklar examines their perspective on America's role in shaping human progress from cycles of empires to transnational post-imperialism. Sklar traces how this thinking both anticipated and generated the course of history from the Spanish-American War to World War II, through the Cold War and its outcome, and to post-9/11 global conflicts. The 'founders' legacy is interpreted in Wilson's Fourteen Points, Henry Luce's 1941 'American Century' Life editorial, and foreign policy formulation to the present. Showing how modernization has evolved, Sklar discusses capitalism and socialism in relation to modern democracy in the US and to emergent globalizing forces.

Product code: 9781108409247

ISBN 9781108409247
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H228xW152xS15
No. Of Pages 270
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book examines the thinking of early twentieth-century US foreign policy makers and their advisors, including business leaders and economists - a group the late Martin J. Sklar calls the 'founders of US foreign policy' - and demonstrates how their concern with worldwide modernization and development shaped the 'American Century' and is represented in conflicts today.