By Frank Costigliola, Michael J. Hogan
This quantity contains state of the art essays and historiographical surveys of yankee international relatives considering that 1941 via a number of the country's prime diplomatic historians. The essays partly one supply sweeping overviews of the main developments within the box of diplomatic historical past. half positive aspects essays that survey the literature on US family members with specific areas of the area or at the overseas guidelines of presidential administrations. the result's the main finished review of the literature on US international coverage to be released in approximately two decades.
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32 "The Responsibility of the Intellectuals," New York Review of Books, December 1966, reprinted in Chomsky, American Power and the New Mandarins (New York, 1967). 34 Bruce Cumings Disciple of the "Leninist" Williams that he was, Gardner cited Vladimir Ilyich exactly twice: first to show Lenin's affinity with William Bullitt's views on Germany; second to show his affinity with Listian political economy - according to Lord Keynes. Gardner's brilliant chapter on Kennan led me to reflect on what a masterful name George Frost brought to his doctrine: containment!
The orthodox school no longer reigned: Schlesinger appears only in the bibliography, Feis comes in for mild criticism (p. 266n), Kennan comes in for long discussion and nuanced appreciation, but not without some demurrals (for example, p. 323). Orthodoxy is not questioned, it merely disappears; Gaddis has no sustained account of how his work differs from the old school. 33 John Lewis Gaddis, The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 (New York, 1972). The Poverty of Theory in Diplomatic History 35 We do come to know that he differs from revisionists, however.
The list of historians that Gaddis attacks includes almost every scholar of standing in the field, all denounced, Cumings implies, not because they are reductionists but because their historical theories are left of center and therefore deflect attention from the issues of right and wrong, as Gaddis defines them. Cumings, on the other hand, champions theory. Although he casts a critical eye on other historians, including Leffler and Hunt, his criticism does not conceal the respect he has for their work, in part, I suspect, because they are less hostile toward theory than Gaddis or more critical in their point of view.
America in the World: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations since 1941 by Frank Costigliola, Michael J. Hogan