American Exceptionalism: An Idea that Made a Nation and by Hilde Eliassen Restad

By Hilde Eliassen Restad

How does American exceptionalism form American overseas coverage? traditional knowledge states that American exceptionalism is available in adaptations – the exemplary model and the missionary model.


Being unprecedented, specialists in U.S. international coverage argue, implies that you both withdraw from the realm like an remoted yet inspiring "city upon a hill," or that you're referred to as upon to actively lead the remainder of the realm to a greater destiny. In her publication, Hilde Eliassen Restad demanding situations this assumption, arguing that U.S. historical past has displayed a remarkably consistent international coverage culture, which she labels unilateral internationalism. the U.S., Restad argues, has no longer vacillated among an "exemplary" and a "missionary" identification. in its place, the U.S. constructed an exceptionalist id that, whereas idealizing the U.S. as an exemplary "city upon a hill," normally errs at the aspect of the missionary campaign in its overseas coverage. using the newest historiography within the learn of U.S. overseas relatives, the booklet updates political technology scholarship and sheds new mild at the function American exceptionalism has performed – and keeps to play – in shaping America’s position within the world.


This paintings might be of significant curiosity to scholars and students folks overseas coverage, safety experiences, and American politics.

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