Cold War US Foreign Policy: Key Perspectives
Cold War US Foreign Policy: Key Perspectives
Brand: Edinburgh University Press

Cold War US Foreign Policy: Key Perspectives

  • Publish Date: 2005-03-23
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Steven Hurst

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This book provides the first comprehensive description and critique of the six most important historical interpretations of US Cold War foreign policy: Traditionalism, Revisionism, Post-Revisionism, Corporatism, World Systems Theory, and Post-Structuralism.The author uses the 'levels of analysis' approach to demonstrate how each of these perspectives can be understood as an explanatory framework combining different types of factors located at different levels of the international system. This original way of explaining the work of the historians discussed helps the reader to see past the narrative and empirical elements of their writings and to grasp more clearly the underlying theoretical assumptions.In each chapter a description of the perspective's underlying theoretical framework and how it explains US foreign policy is followed by a critique of that theory and explanation. A central theme, developed throughout the book, is the difficulty of managing the constant tension between the explanator

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