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America's rise and fall among nations : lessons in statecraft from John Quincy Adams

America's rise and fall among nations : lessons in statecraft from John Quincy Adams / by Angelo M. Codevilla.
First American edition.
New York : Encounter Books, 2022.
Physical Description
xii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
"An "America first" agenda pursues what benefits our national character and advances our legitimate interests, and regards all foreign relations from that perspective. Minding our own business while leaving other peoples to mind theirs was the basis of the United States' successful foreign policy from 1815-1910. Best described by John Quincy Adams and carried out by his successors, this is the foreign policy by which America grew prosperous in peace. And this remains the American people's common sense. America's Rise and Fall among Nations contrasts this original "America first" foreign policy with the principles and results of the subsequent century's Progressive policy. This book shows the transformation of a culture of peace and victory into that of statesmen who eliminate the concepts of victory and peace from the military's official vocabulary as they manage endless wars. Finally, America's Rise and Fall among Nations examines how John Quincy Adams's insights are applicable to the current domestic and international environment and exemplify what "America First" can mean in our time"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Lessons in statecraft from John Quincy Adams
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Online version: Codevilla, Angelo, 1943- America's rise and fall among nations. First American edition New York : Encounter Books, 2022
Added to Catalog
July 25, 2023
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Adams's statecraft
The paradigm
Progressivism and policy
Structural features of modern U.S. foreign policy
Post-World War II U.S. national security policy
Unseriousness about war
Believing your own propaganda is dangerous
Diplomatic malpractice
Neither nation nor empire
Evolving America
John Quincy Adams's priorities
Neighbors and relatives
Muslim contagion
The Indus and the Ganges
Post-European Europe
What is Russia to us?
China and the Pacific balance
What is possible?
Practicing the principles.

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