Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century
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The United States has led the world in almost every way since World War I. In 1941, Life magazine publisher Henry Luce dubbed his country's preponderant power "the American Century." His editorial was a statement of fact but also an aspiration for countrymen to unite in promotion of a world order friendly to American interests.



Faith and Foreign Affairs in the American Century examines the nature of public involvement in American diplomacy. As a concept decades in the making, the American Century was conceived by those connected through the country's leading foreign policy think tank, the Council on Foreign Relations. The missionary couple and Washington insiders Francis and Helen Miller, who fought to make the American empire a radically democratic one, figured prominently in that work. The Millers' many partnerships embodied the conflicts as well as the cooperation of Christianity and secularism in the long reimagining of the United States as a global state.



Mark Thomas Edwards offers in this study a genealogy of the concept of the American Century. Readers will encounter moments of Protestant Christian power and marginalization in the making of modern American foreign relations.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 14.22mm | 458.13g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1498570119
  • 9781498570114

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION: WRITING THE AMERICAN CENTURY
CHAPTER 1: EXPANDING CIVILIZATION: MISSIONARY DIPLOMACY IN AN AGE OF IMPERIALISM
CHAPTER 2: NONPARTISAN: PROTESTANT SECULARISM IN AMERICAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
CHAPTER 3: TOWN HALL TITANS: PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY IN AMERICAN PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
CHAPTER 4: THE AGGESSIVE CHAMPION OF A PARTICULAR WAY OF LIFE:
THE NATURE, USES, AND LIMITS OF CHRISTIAN NATIONALISM
CHAPTER 5: A GLASS HOUSE: RACE AND DEMOCRACY IN COLD WAR VIRGINIA
EPILOGUE: THE END OF THE AMERICAN CENTURY?
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Review quote

This book retells the history of twentieth-century diplomacy as a disappearing act. The 'American Century' was born of a Protestant-secular partnership, but through Edwards' careful archival work, we watch the ecumenical Protestant departure from the international stage. This is an imperative work, showing, first, how essential Protestant secularism was in the effort to define the United States as a great global power and, second, how intimate and familial this quest-and its slow fade from political relevance-was. This is required reading for anyone interested in democracy, Christianity, and foreign affairs. -- Kathryn Lofton, Yale University Scholars have spent a great deal of time and energy debating the extent to which US foreign policy has been religious or secular. But what if this is a false choice? In this intriguingly provocative, highly original, and deeply insightful book that takes readers beyond the religious turn, Mark Thomas Edwards shows how 'Protestant secularism' powered the emergence and spectacular growth of American internationalism. -- Andrew Preston, Cambridge University
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About Mark Thomas Edwards

Mark Thomas Edwards is associate professor of US history and politics at Spring Arbor University.
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