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This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving. Throughout the twentieth century, many Americans saw themselves as part of Western civilization, and Western ideals of liberty and self-government guided American diplomacy. But today, other ideas This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving. Throughout the twentieth century, many Americans saw themselves as part of Western civilization, and Western ideals of liberty and self-government guided American diplomacy. But today, other ideas fill this role: on one side, a technocratic "liberal international order," and on the other, the illiberal nationalism of "America First." In The Abandonment of the West, historian Michael Kimmage shows how the West became the dominant idea in US foreign policy in the first half of the twentieth century -- and how that consensus has unraveled. We must revive the West, he argues, to counter authoritarian challenges from Russia and China. This is an urgent portrait of modern America's complicated origins, its emergence as a superpower, and the crossroads at which it now stands.


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This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving. Throughout the twentieth century, many Americans saw themselves as part of Western civilization, and Western ideals of liberty and self-government guided American diplomacy. But today, other ideas This definitive portrait of American diplomacy reveals how the concept of the West drove twentieth-century foreign policy, how it fell from favor, and why it is worth saving. Throughout the twentieth century, many Americans saw themselves as part of Western civilization, and Western ideals of liberty and self-government guided American diplomacy. But today, other ideas fill this role: on one side, a technocratic "liberal international order," and on the other, the illiberal nationalism of "America First." In The Abandonment of the West, historian Michael Kimmage shows how the West became the dominant idea in US foreign policy in the first half of the twentieth century -- and how that consensus has unraveled. We must revive the West, he argues, to counter authoritarian challenges from Russia and China. This is an urgent portrait of modern America's complicated origins, its emergence as a superpower, and the crossroads at which it now stands.

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  1. 4 out of 5

    ManOfLaBook.com

    For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy by Michael Kimmage is a book which examines what “the West” really means in terms of policy over decades, and how that concept drove 20th Century policy in the United States. Mr. Kimmage is a college history professor, and served as a member of the secretary’s policy planning staff at the US Department of State from 2014 to 2016. Books about pol For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy by Michael Kimmage is a book which examines what “the West” really means in terms of policy over decades, and how that concept drove 20th Century policy in the United States. Mr. Kimmage is a college history professor, and served as a member of the secretary’s policy planning staff at the US Department of State from 2014 to 2016. Books about policy, they don’t sound that exciting, do they? In order to enjoy these type of books you have to be either a history nerd, a policy hound, political junky, or have some sort of personal stake in the matter. The sad part is that all of us have a personal stake in the matter, but only very few people realize it. After all, it is “foreign” policy. The Abandonment of the West: The History of an Idea in American Foreign Policy by Michael Kimmage is about “the West” and Western civilization as ideas which have driven foreign policy in the 20th Century. I was a bit hesitant to read it because I thought it would be a “rah-rah” type of book which would exalt the virtues which the United States implements (and there are many, despite the bad publicity). But I decided to give it a shot, and I’m glad I did. This is a very thoughtful book exploring the contradictions which “the West” is implied and implemented. In this book, “the West” is not a geographic location, but a concept. That concept has been abandoned by both the left, which saw it as white and imperial, and the right, which saw it as too multidimensional. This ideology was the driving force behind the US intervening in World War II to fight the Nazi menace across Europe, as well as standing steadfast against Communist Russia during the Cold War, as well as many other policies. The author goes through what this idea meant and how it shaped our nation, and others. He goes to write about what the abandonment of this idea cost the United States in terms of principals, good will, influence, blood, and treasure. With the current politic situation currently in the United States, I don’t know if this book will convince anyone that we should pick up the ideal of “the West” again, unless one was already pre-disposed to think so. Many people hold steadfast to the idea that America’s involvement in European affairs have ran its course and that standing up to Russia and China no longer merit the ideology.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Greenhut

    This is an excellent book that's really hard to read! The author is a history professor and goes into such detail, that I'd get lost and must confess, I'd skip a paragraph or two along the way. But if you look at it as a whole, the narrative is fascinating. It begins with the concept of the "West". Remember your old Western Civilization (beginning with the Greeks/Romans) courses/text books? Well it turns out that Western Civilization isn't really a real thing, its is simply an idea that took hol This is an excellent book that's really hard to read! The author is a history professor and goes into such detail, that I'd get lost and must confess, I'd skip a paragraph or two along the way. But if you look at it as a whole, the narrative is fascinating. It begins with the concept of the "West". Remember your old Western Civilization (beginning with the Greeks/Romans) courses/text books? Well it turns out that Western Civilization isn't really a real thing, its is simply an idea that took hold a couple of centuries ago and is at the root of our stratified, systemically racist, sexist society. Focusing on historical textbooks and the role of academia in initially promoting this idea throughout all aspects of American life and culture, eventually the country's college and universities, in response to changing political and cultural events, scrap it (abandon it) for more global, less Eurocentric courses of study. I learned a lot about the influence of the concept of the West on each President along the way, riding the more familiar wave of events from Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford (not much said there), Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush2, and Obama to the current state of chaos with Trump. It was well worth my reading time and brings a pertinent perspective to the way we perceive WW2, The Korean War, The Cold War, The Vietnam war, post-fall of Soviet Union and Berlin Wall, 911, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq....and now what, the end of democracy? The author also refers a lot to our public architecture throughout the book, mostly white neoclassic structures, later more modern mid century office style buildings (makes sense, right?) The book's conclusion ends on a high note with an interesting description of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC., a literal counterpoint to the painted white buildings it stands next to, with its brown/gold exterior and its collections and galleries which "raise moral questions about the slave holders, Washington and Jefferson...whose commemoration occupies the symbolic center of the Mall." So read this book if you want to deepen your understanding of America and why we find ourselves at the true crossroads of our collective history. I'm glad I did.

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