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The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire'
The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881


  • Date Published: September 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521855907

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  • David Foglesong tells the fascinating story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the 1880s. He analyzes the involvement of journalists, political activists, propagandists, missionaries, diplomats, engineers, and others in this grand crusade, paying special attention to the influence of religious beliefs on Americans' sense of duty to emancipate, convert, or reform Russia. He discusses the impact of popular debates about changing Russia on how Americans felt about the United States, showing how the belief that Russia was being remade in America's image reaffirmed faith in America's special virtue and historic mission and that opposition to the spread of American influence in Russia was characterized as evil from the late nineteenth century. While the main focus is on American thinking and action, the book also discusses the responses of Russian and Soviet governments, Russian Orthodox priests, and ordinary Russians to American propaganda campaigns, missionary work, and popular culture.

    • Tells the fascinating story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the 1880s
    • Sheds new light on American foreign policy and US-Russian relations
    • A key text on US-Russian relations and American foreign policy in the twentieth century
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Foglesong's exposé of Americans' 'heady sense of their country's unique blessings' helps make sense of the giddiness, followed by rank disillusionment, vis-à-vis the post-Soviet Russia of the 1990s and 2000s.' Stephen Kotkin, Prospect Magazine

    'The author's singular achievements is to show that well before the cold war, Russia served as America's dark double, an object of wishful thinking condescension and self-righteousness in a quest for American purpose. …' Prospect Magazine

    'Beautifully written and well argued, the book is suitable for use in upper-class electives and graduate courses and should be of interest to specialists on both sides of the field (US and Soviet).' History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521855907
    • length: 364 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 166 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 17 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. 'Free Russia': origins of the First Crusade, 1881–1905
    2. 'The United States of Russia': culmination and frustration, 1905–20
    3. Doors open and closed: opportunities and obstructions in early Soviet Russia, 1921–40
    4. Revival: hopes for a new Russia during the Grand Alliance, 1941–5
    5. Visions of 'liberation', 1946–53
    6. Evolution, not revolution: the eclipse of 'liberation' and the pursuit of 'liberalization', 1954–74
    7. Recovering the faith: renewal of the Crusade, 1974–80
    8. The Reagan mission and the 'evil empire', 1981–9
    9. Mission unaccomplished: America and post-Soviet Russia

  • Author

    David S. Foglesong, Rutgers University, New Jersey
    David S. Foglesong is Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He is the author of America's Secret War Against Bolshevism: US Intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1917–1920 (1995).

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