- Paperback: 219 pages
- Publisher: Ralph Myles Publisher; 1st edition (June 1, 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879260203
- ISBN-13: 978-0879260200
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,038,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Watershed of Empire: Essays on New Deal Foreign Policy 1st Edition
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The New Deal was a watershed of American Empire in many ways. It was the period when the United States completely abandoned the neutrality policy, first articulated by President Washington, in favor of world wide intervention. The rationale for this intervention was that as part of a global economy, the United States had interests everywhere and therefore could justify intervening literally anywhere on the globe.Read more ›
The book is edited by Leonard Liggio and James Martin and provides seven essays from seven distinctive authors. Disappointingly there are no chapters from editor James Martin, who is an excellent and entertaining historical essayist.
This book has been pigeonholed as a compendium of "New Left revisionist history". The label is partly fair as certainly insofar as most of the authors were identified with the New Left at one time or another. However, judging the content I don't think you could fairly characterise the book as particularly leftist or otherwise.
New Left revisionist history of WW2 has also sometimes been misrepresented as 'economic determinist', for example, explaining the war as a drive by US capitalism to create a global "Open Door" for American exports and foreign investment capital. Sometimes adding in a non-historical foray into economic theory or two by positing an underlying contradiction of capitalism or two, and it's usually underconsumption. To an extent the economic determinist label is a reflection of the downplaying of economic drivers in mainstream interpretations which can border on the pneumatic with the flow and resistance to "aggression" being the great explanation. In these essays only really Murray Rothbard and Lloyd Gardiner focus on economics but in neither case could their position be considered 'determinist'.Read more ›