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Cold War US Foreign PolicyKey Perspectives$
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Steven Hurst

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748620791

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620791.001.0001

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Traditionalism

Traditionalism

Chapter:
(p.9) One Traditionalism
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Cold War US Foreign Policy
Author(s):

Steven Hurst

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748620791.003.0002

This chapter analyses the traditional interpretation of US foreign policy during the Cold War. It explains that traditionalism is better understood as an extension of the prevailing pre-World War 2 historiography of American diplomacy. It suggests that as an explanation of US foreign policy, traditionalism is characterised primarily by shallowness and one-dimensionality and that the policy-making process was reduced to the actions of senior government officials guided solely by a handful of key principles, for which they were acting in isolation from all external pressures except perhaps Russian wickedness.

Keywords:   traditionalism, foreign policy, Cold War, American diplomacy, one-dimensionality, policy-making process

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