A Faustian Foreign Policy from Woodrow Wilson to George W. by Joan Hoff

By Joan Hoff

Professor Joan Hoff's A Faustian international coverage: Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush reviews U.S. overseas coverage in this interval via displaying how moralistic international relations has more and more taken on Faustian overtones. so long as the ideological final result of the chilly battle remained doubtful, there has been little cause of presidents or executive determination makers to query the unethical elements of U.S. family members with the remainder of the area or the common and unparalleled nature of yankee values. September eleven allowed the USA to say its exceptionalism and dominance extra unilaterally than ever earlier than.

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24 Each wave of technological change and subsequent increase in the speed of capital movements was also accompanied by official statements that such rapid transfers of capital would benefit everybody and peacefully unify the world. And, indeed, each wave did make people around the world more aware of and dependent upon one another. 25 In retrospect it can be seen that the four sea changes in the American economy were related to these periods of increasingly rapid global capital transfers and 14:34 P1: JZP 9780521879057c01 CUNY1134/Hoff 978 0 521 87905 7 32 October 11, 2007 A Faustian Foreign Policy contributed to domestic identity crises.

Commitment to self-determination for other nations, although Secretary Seward briefly reasserted the Monroe Doctrine against both Austria and France in Mexico in 1866 during the Andrew Johnson administration. S. presidents. S. business interests. Then, despite the abrogation of the Platt Amendment in 1934, John F. ” From the 1960s through the 1990s economic sanctions encroached on Cuba’s sovereignty, climaxing with the Helms-Burton Act, referred to as the second Platt Amendment. S. 22 All 14:34 P1: JZP 9780521879057c01 CUNY1134/Hoff 30 978 0 521 87905 7 October 11, 2007 A Faustian Foreign Policy such violations of Cuban self-determination and sovereignty since the beginning of the twentieth century have been in keeping with the interventionist features implicit in the original Monroe Doctrine and the Platt Amendment.

It can also be found in his textbooks and in other writings going back before the turn of the century. Before becoming president, Wilson wrote political science and American history works that also contained racist and anti-immigrant observations. For example, in essays in the 1880s and 1890s and in his five-volume History of the American People he referred to the “partial corruption of foreign blood” by a “miscellaneous immigration” that contributed to “social chaos,” and to blacks as “children” and “ignorant negroes” who did not deserve the franchise.

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