Henry L. Stimson: the first wise man
SR Books, 2001 - 222 من الصفحات
The twentieth century witnessed the rise of the United States as the preeminent player on the world stage. While many individuals were responsible for the American ascension, few have left a larger legacy in the arena of foreign policy than Henry L. Stimson. Serving nearly every American president from Theodore Roosevelt to Harry S. Truman, Stimson shaped America's worldview and influenced America's foreign affairs decisions for over 40 years.
A Republican, Stimson served as Secretary of War under William H. Taft (1911-13), Secretary of State under Herbert Hoover (1929-33), and Secretary of War for Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman (1940-45); in addition, he fought in World War I, initiated the Good Neighbor Policy in Central America, and served as Governor General of the Philippines (1927-29).
In this new book, David Schmitz reveals how the life of Stimson provides a unique framework for analyzing America's foreign policy development from the imperialism of the 1890s to the origins of the Cold War and the emergence of the United States as the world's leading power after World War II. The author also explains the continuities in foreign policy over this period and the emergence of the internationalist perspective over isolation-ism, showing how Stimson was able to pass along his perspec-tives to the next generation of American policymakers who after World War II established the internationalist mindset of the Cold War years. Stimson's crucial role in the development and use of the atomic bomb is also examined.
Henry L. Stimson: The First Wise Man is useful for courses in United States foreign policy, World War II, American history from 1900-1945, and survey courses in U.S. history.
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As he declared in a speech at New York's Carnegie Hall in June 1915, "The
progress of our race towards civilization has not been along the smooth pathway
of logic. We have not succeeded in abolishing war in the name of its inhumanity
As he had noted in his Carnegie Hall speech, Stimson perceived the
fundamental issue of the war as a question of the survival of democracy and
civilization. He wrote in 1914 that he was glad to see that most Americans sided
with the Allies, ...
In that event, only full U.S. support could "save the present hard-earned
civilization upon which our own national welfare rests." Should the United States
attempt to remain isolated, the results would be disastrous for all nations. 23 The
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