Choosing War: Presidential Decisions in the Maine, by Douglas Carl Peifer

By Douglas Carl Peifer

all through US historical past, presidents have had enormously varied reactions to naval incidents. even though a few incidents were resolved diplomatically, others have escalated to outright warfare. What components impact the result of a naval incident, specifically while demands retribution mingle with innovations for restraint? Given the increase of lengthy variety anti-ship and anti-air missile structures, coupled with tensions in East Asia, the Persian Gulf, and the Black and Baltic Seas, the query is extra correct than ever for US naval diplomacy.

In Choosing War, Douglas Carl Peifer compares the ways that diverse presidential administrations have replied whilst American lives have been misplaced at sea. He examines extensive 3 situations: the Maine incident (1898), which resulted in struggle within the brief time period; the Lusitania hindrance (1915), which set the trajectory for intervention; and the Panay incident (1937), which was once settled diplomatically. whereas comparing Presidents William McKinley, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt's responses to those incidents, Peifer lucidly displays at the innovations that they had on hand and the regulations they finally chosen. The case experiences light up how management, reminiscence, and moving household coverage form presidential judgements, delivering major insights into the connections among naval incidents, warfare, and their old contexts. wealthy in dramatic narrative and historic standpoint, Choosing War bargains a vital instrument for confronting destiny naval crises.

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