Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

February 11, 2019|
Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy by John M. Thompson
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The nature of the US political system, with its overlapping powers, intense partisanship, and continuous scrutiny from the media and public, complicates the conduct of foreign policy. While numerous presidents have struggled under the weight of these conditions, Theodore Roosevelt thrived and is widely lauded for his diplomacy. Roosevelt played a crucial role in the nation''s rise to world power, competition with other new Great Powers such as Germany and Japan, and US participation in World War I. He was able to implement the majority of his agenda even though he was confronted by a hostile Democratic Party, suspicious conservatives in the Republican Party, and the social and political ferment of the progressive era. The president, John M. Thompson argues, combined a compelling vision for national greatness, considerable political skill, faith in the people and the US system, and an emphasis on providing leadership. It helped that the public mood was not isolationist, but was willing to support all of his major objectives-though Roosevelt''s feel for the national mood was crucial, as was his willingness to compromise when necessary. This book traces the reactions of Americans to the chief foreign policy events of the era and the ways in which Roosevelt responded to and sought to shape his political environment. Offering the first analysis of the politics of foreign policy for the entirety of Roosevelt''s career, Great Power Rising sheds new light on the twenty-sixth president and the nation''s emergence as a preeminent player in international affairs.
John M. Thompson is Team Leader and a Senior Researcher in the Global Security Team at the Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich. He is co-editor of Progressivism in America: Past, Present, and Future and America''s Transatlantic Turn: Theodore Roosevelt and the "Discovery" of Europe.
Title:Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy
Product dimensions:288 pages, 9.29 X 6.42 X 0.98 in
Shipping dimensions:288 pages, 9.29 X 6.42 X 0.98 in
Published:February 11, 2019
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780190859954

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