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“[Fanis] demonstrates an impressive ability to travel nimbly between abstract theoretical concepts and a messy reality. In each one of the case study chapters, her analysis is rich, thoughtful, and imaginative.” —Ido Oren, University of Florida Combining insights from cultural studies, gender studies, and social history, Maria Fanis shows the critical importance of national identity in decisions about war and peace. She challenges conventional approaches by demonstrating that domestic ethical codes influence perceptions of threat from abroad. With an in-depth study of U.S.-British relations in the first half of the nineteenth century, and with an application to the recent War in Iraq, she ties changes in U.S. and British national interest to shifts in these nations’ domestic codes of morality. Fanis’s findings have important implications for contemporary international relations theory. Apart from its relevance to current events, her work also makes a contribution to the literatures on foreign policy—specifically American and British foreign policies—and the causes of war.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction: A Theory of National Interest and National Identity Formation
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. In Defense of the British Empire: Great Britain's National Identity of Loyal Patriotism and the War of 1812
  2. pp. 13-56
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  1. 2. In Defense of the American Republic: The American National Identity of Neo-Jeffersonian Republicanism and Liberal Commerce
  2. pp. 57-98
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  1. 3. The American National Identity of Romantic Evangelicalism and the Pacific Resolution of the Oregon Crisis
  2. pp. 99-130
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  1. 4. Great Britain’s National Identity of Evangelical Free Trade and the Pacific Resolution of the Oregon Dispute
  2. pp. 131-166
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 167-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-208
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 209-226
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780472026395
Related ISBN
9780472117550
MARC Record
OCLC
741691070
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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