POLS2221 Lecture 2 Notes

POLS2221 Lecture 2 Notes - 1. 2. 3. 4. Lecture Two: New...

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Lecture Two: New World on Orders? Power and Hegemony Today’s Road Map 1. Touch on course leading theme: Linking US exceptionalism and the idea of an American order 2. Visit Mead’s categories 3. Reflect on order authorship 4. Reflect on the order and hegemony nexus
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1.1 Leading Theme “US exceptionalism placed American values at the centre of FP, fostering belief in the essential union of American virtue and power From John Kane. 2008. Between Virtue and Power: The Persistent Moral Dilemma of U.S. Foreign Policy ’. New Haven and London: Yale University Press
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1.1 Leading Theme ‘America’ as a leading expression of the Enlightenment Escaping repressive obscurantism Reason embodied in the idea of progress Moral, social, political, material  universal A historic mission?
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1.2 U.S. Exceptionalism Central myth: The Unique harmonisation of US Power and US virtue The odd religious aspect US as the new Jerusalem Belief US democracy is the best in the world Are these values ‘American’ or ‘universal’ values
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1.2 U.S. Exceptionalism by H. Kissinger Belief that the US must either Act as an example to the world Or save the world by bringing it democracy Or do both in the same time US F.P oscillates between Hyper-idealism & hyper-nationalism
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2.1 - The authorship of Order Bear in mind Karl Marx’ famous claim that “[People] make their own history, but they do not make it just as they please; they do not make it under circumstances chosen by themselves, but under circumstances directly encountered, given, and transmitted by the past”
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2.2 - Four Relationships with the World - 1: Hamiltonians US should strive to become a world power similar
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POLS2221 Lecture 2 Notes - 1. 2. 3. 4. Lecture Two: New...

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