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Subject: History of American Foreign Affairs Name: Dongni Wang The six approaches in the short essays provide different viewpoints to explain US foreign relations in the twentieth century. The cultural perspective of them appeals to me most strongly, while the others enrich and complement it. In “Cultural Interactions,” the author demonstrates how US built its hegemony in the twentieth century through cultural expansion. In this period, the exports of US cultural products played an important role in spreading American culture. For instance, American films not only attracted number of audience but also dominated world markets. The cultural products such as film, radio and music had significant influence on people around the world, promoting both by assistance from government and great economic power. In turn, the popularity of American culture strengthens its dominant position in the world. However, such cultural hegemony declined as globalization emerged because the free flow
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Unformatted text preview: of information blurred national boundaries. This idea explained the perspective about world system in an intelligible way: US’s dominance built on its unrivaled supremacy on economy, politics and military, but it was not permanent. Since American cultural invasion influenced even anti-Americanism people unconsciously, to protect American culture from external threats was essential to keep its dominance. And culture, as an important part of domestic core value, along with power and interests are considered in construction of national security policy. Gender and race, as aspects of culture, make Americans perceive other nations and colored people in their own way, such as “white supreme”, and establish foreign policy according to that. Additionally, the perspective of bureaucratic politics complements that US foreign relations is the compromising result from the tugging and hauling in the policy process....
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