Neuerscheinung: "The Genesis of America: US Foreign Policy and the Formation of National Identity, 1793–1815"

12.09.2018 (10:16)

"The Genesis of America: US Foreign Policy and the Formation of National Identity, 1793–1815" lautet der Titel des neuen Buchs von Dr. Jasper M. Trautsch. Darin untersucht er, wie die Außenpolitik der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika zur Entstehung eines US-amerikanischen Nationalbewusstseins beigetragen hat. Die Studie ist in der Reihe "Cambridge Studies in US Foreign Relations" erschienen.

 

Jasper M. Trautsch ist Affiliated Researcher der Graduiertenschule; bis Ende April 2018 war er einer ihrer Postdocs in Regensburg. Er hat in diesem Jahr seine Habilitationsschrift "Remapping the Euro-Atlantic World and Imagining 'the West:' The Spatial Reordering of Europe and North America, 1945-1957" abgeschlossen.

Zusammenfassung des Buches

The Genesis of America investigates the ways in which US foreign policy contributed to the formation of an American national consciousness. Interpreting American nationalism as a process of external demarcation, Jasper M. Trautsch argues that, for a sense of national self to emerge, the US needed to be disentangled from its most important European reference points: Great Britain and France. As he shows, foreign-policy makers could therefore promote American nationalism by provoking foreign crises and wars with these countries, hereby creating external threats that would bind the fragile union together. By reconstructing how foreign policy was thus used as a nation-building instrument, Trautsch provides an answer to the puzzling question of how Americans - lacking a shared history and culture of their own and justifying their claim for independent nationhood by appeals to universal rights - could develop a sense of particularity after the conclusion of the Revolutionary War.

Jasper M. Trautsch: The Genesis of America: US Foreign Policy and the Formation of National Identity, 1793–1815. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2018.

1. Auflage 2018
328 Seiten gebunden
ISBN: 9781108635301
Cambridge University Press

Cover: © Cambridge University Press

 

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