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American Isolationism Between the World Wars
The Search for a Nation's Identity

ISBN 9780367742881
Published April 26, 2021 by Routledge
364 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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American Isolationism Between the World Wars: The Search for a Nation's Identity examines the theory of isolationism in America between the world wars, arguing that it is an ideal that has dominated the Republic since its founding.

During the interwar period, isolationists could be found among Republicans and Democrats, Catholics and Protestants, pacifists and militarists, rich and poor. While the dominant historical assessment of isolationism — that it was "provincial" and "short-sighted" — will be examined, this book argues that American isolationism between 1919 and the mid-1930s was a rational foreign policy simply because the European reversion back to politics as usual insured that the continent would remain unstable. Drawing on a wide range of newspaper and journal articles, biographies, congressional hearings, personal papers, and numerous secondary sources, Kenneth D. Rose suggests the time has come for a paradigm shift in how American isolationism is viewed. The text also offers a reflection on isolationism since the end of World War II, particularly the nature of isolationism during the Trump era.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of U.S. Foreign Relations and twentieth-century American history.

Table of Contents

Introduction  1. America and the Peace Conference  2. The Aftermath of Versailles and the Roots of Isolationism  3. American Politics and Internationalism in the 1920s  4. History, Literature an Isolationism  5. The Isolationist Spectrum: Issues, Individuals and Organizations  6. Isolationists: A Gallery  7. Isolationism and Politics in the Roosevelt Era  8. The Counterinsurgents, the Perils of Neutrality, and Pearl Harbor  9. Conclusion

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Kenneth D. Rose is Professor Emeritus in History at California State University, Chico, USA. His other publications include The Great War and Americans in Europe, 1914-1917 (2017), Unspeakable Awfulness: America Through the Eyes of European Travelers, 1865-1900 (2014), Myth and the Greatest Generations: A Social History of Americans and World War II (2008), One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture (2001), and American Women and the Repeal of Prohibition (1996).