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Not simply an “event” or merely an “incident,” the 1962 standoff between the U. S. and the Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba was a crisis, which subsequently has achieved almost mythic significance in the annals of United States foreign policy. Jutta Weldes asks why this occurrence in particular should be cast as a crisis, and how this so significantly affected “the national interest.” Here, Weldes analyzes the so-called Cuban missile crisis as a means to rethink the idea of national interest, a notion central to both the study and practice of international relations.
   
Why did the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba constitute a crisis for U.S. state officials and thus a dire threat to U.S. national interests? It was, Weldes suggests, more a matter of discursive construction than of objective facts or circumstances. Drawing on social theory and on concepts from cultural studies, she exposes the “realities” of the crisis as social creations in the service of a particular and precarious U.S. state identity defined within the Cold War U.S. “security imaginary.” 

Constructing National Interests shows how this process allowed for a redefining of the identities, interests, and likely actions of various states, so that it seemed to logically serve the U.S. national interest in removing the missiles from Cuba.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, About the Series, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. v
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Problem of National Interests
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. Representing Missiles in Cuba
  2. pp. 21-40
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  1. 2. The View from the ExComm
  2. pp. 41-96
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  1. 3. Constructing National Interests
  2. pp. 97-120
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  1. 4. Constructing the Cuban Missile Crisis: Cold War Representations
  2. pp. 121-164
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  1. 5. Constructing the Cuban Missile Crisis: The Problem of Cuba
  2. pp. 165-196
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  1. 6. Identity and National Interests: The United States as the Subject of the Cuban Missile Crisis
  2. pp. 197-224
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  1. 7. National Interests and Common Sense
  2. pp. 225-242
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 243-280
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  1. References
  2. pp. 281-308
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 309-316
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780816688937
Related ISBN
9780816631117
MARC Record
OCLC
227038268
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2015-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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