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War, the American State, and Politics since 1898


  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107690981

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  • This book examines major foreign conflicts from the Spanish-American War through Vietnam, arguing that international conflicts have strong effects on American political parties, elections, state development, and policymaking. First, major wars expose and highlight problems requiring governmental solutions or necessitating emergency action. Second, despite well-known curtailments of civil liberties, wars often enhance democracy by drawing attention to the contributions of previously marginalized groups and facilitating the extension of fuller citizenship rights to them. Finally, wars affect the party system. Foreign conflicts create crises - many of which are unanticipated - that require immediate attention, supplant prior issues on the policy agenda, and engender shifts in party ideology. These new issues and redefinitions of party ideology frequently influence elections by shaping both elite and mass behavior.

    • The first broad treatment of wars' influence on domestic American politics
    • Brings international influences to bear on American political development
    • Questions common interpretations, including the exclusively domestic focus of the American politics literature
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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107690981
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.46kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 8 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. The 'Splendid Little War'
    3. The war to end all wars
    4. The good war
    5. The forgotten war
    6. The lost war
    7. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Robert P. Saldin, University of Montana
    Robert P. Saldin is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Montana. From 2010 to 2012, he is a Fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholars in Health Policy Research Program at Harvard University. Previously, he was the Patrick Henry Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University, a Miller Center Dissertation Fellow in Politics and History, and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley's Institute of Governmental Studies. In 2008, Saldin received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. His refereed articles have appeared or are forthcoming in The Journal of Politics, Political Research Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly, among others.

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