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Nation-building (Paperback)

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The motivating forces behind U.S. efforts to assume sovereignty of another country, and the experiences of those nation-building efforts, are the subject of this workbook designed to promote active learning and critical thinking. In the buildup to the war in Iraq, Colin Powell articulated the "Pottery Barn" principle for any country invading another: "You break it, you own it." That statement gets to heart of the issue of nation-building, a topic hotly debated in the United States ever since it became a world power - and never more so than now. When should the United States pursue nation-building? What have been the motivations for, and results of, past efforts? These questions can be the focal points of highly engaged class discussions with this new workbook from the "Triumph and Tragedy in History" series. "Triumph and Tragedy: Nation-Building" is centered on two defining moments in U.S. foreign policy: one widely considered a failure (the Vietnam experience), and one thought by many to be one of our most successful initiatives (the Marshall Plan that helped rebuild Europe after World War II).

With background information that brings many other key moments for the United States as a nation-builder into the discussion, plus a number of additional study and learning tools, "Triumph and Tragedy: Nation-Building" helps students think critically about one of the most complex issues facing the United States as a superpower.

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