Thinking History, Fighting Evil

Thinking History, Fighting Evil : Neoconservatives and the Perils of Analogy in American Politics

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This accessible study critiques the rise of a new exceptionalism: a victim-centered nationalism promoted by American conservatives since the 1980s, borrowing imagery and vocabulary from the civil rights era and political correctness movements of the left.Thinking History, Fighting Evil explores the instrumentalization of anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism in the service of U.S. foreign policy, paying attention to how conservatives approach "far enemies" (Islamism), "near enemies" (Europe and Latin America), and the "enemies within" (the domestic left).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 220 pages
  • 160 x 239 x 22mm | 485g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739125028
  • 9780739125021

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Part 1. Analogies in U.S. Foreign Policy Chapter 3 Chapter 1. Thinking History: Analogies and Schemas in International Politics Chapter 4 Chapter 2. Fighting Evil: The Hebrew Shema and the Munich Analogy Chapter 5 Chapter 3. World War II Analogies in American Politics Part 6 Part 2. Neoconservatives and Historical Analogies Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Neoconservatives and the American Weimar Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Islam, the Holocaust, and the New Cold War Chapter 9 Chapter 6. Swastikas in the Sand?: Neoconservatives and the War in Iraq Part 10 Part 3. Anti-Americanism and the War on Terror Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Righteous Victims: The Pathologies of Anti-Americanism Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Near Enemies: The European Collaborators Chapter 13 Conclusions
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Combining conceptual rigor and detailed empirical application, this outstanding book shows how the `lessons of history' continue to shape the perceptions of policies of American decision-makers. In particular, Thinking History, Fighting Evil provides some timely insight into the strategic miscalculations of the American neo-Conservatives during the Bush era. -- Robert Patman, University of Ontago
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About Assoc Prof David B. MacDonald

David B. MacDonald is a well-known scholar in the fields of international relations, genocide studies, and American politics. He taught at the Graduate School of Management Paris and was a senior lecturer in political studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand, before taking up his current appointment in the Political Science Department at the University of Guelph. He is the author of Identity Politics in the Age of Genocide: The Holocaust and Historical Representation and Balkan holocausts? Serbian and Croatian Propaganda and the War in Yugoslavia. He is also co-editor of and contributor to The Ethics of Foreign Policy.
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