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American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam

US Foreign Policy since 1974


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 1-19
  3. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 40-55
  4. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 85-130
  5. Trevor B. McCrisken
    Pages 159-182
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 194-237

About this book


American Exceptionalism and the Legacy of Vietnam examines the influence of the belief in American exceptionalism on the history of U.S. foreign policy since the Vietnam War. Trevor B. McCrisken analyzes attempts by each post-Vietnam U.S. administration to revive the popular belief in exceptionalism both rhetorically and by pursuing foreign policy supposedly grounded in traditional American principles. He argues that exceptionalism consistently provided the framework for foreign policy discourse but that the conduct of foreign affairs was limited by the Vietnam syndrome.


Cold War Confidence crisis Foreign affairs foreign policy morality rhetoric war world order

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of WarwickUK

About the authors

TREVOR B. MCCRISKEN is Lecturer in American Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford, UK. He is also a Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, Oxford.

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