In This Review

The Politics of War
The Politics of War
By Walter Karp
Harper, 1979, 416 pp.

Karp belabors a straw man: the alleged failure of all previous historians to demonstrate the connection between domestic and foreign affairs. His own emphasis on party politics as the mainspring of foreign policy is interesting but simplistic. His denunciation of both the Spanish and First World Wars-the two wars, in his view, which "altered forever the political life of the American Republic"-is reminiscent of the isolationist sentiment of the 1930s.