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Why America Misunderstands the World: National Experience and Roots of Misperception

Paul R. Pillar

Abstract

Being insulated by two immense oceans makes it hard for Americans to appreciate the concerns of more exposed countries. American democracy’s rapid rise also fools many into thinking the same liberal system can flourish anywhere, and having populated a vast continent with relative ease impedes Americans’ understanding of conflicts between different peoples over other lands. Paul R. Pillar ties the American public’s misconceptions about foreign threats and behaviors to the nation’s history and geography, arguing that American success in international relations is achieved often in spite of, rath ... More

Keywords: American exceptionalism, foreign policy, Colonialism, Terrorism, Finlandization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780231165907
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165907.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul R. Pillar, author

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