La Perla e L'ostrica: Alle Fonti della Politica Globale degli Stati Uniti

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La Perla e L'ostrica: Alle Fonti della Politica Globale degli Stati Uniti

By Carlo Maria Santoro
Franco Angeli, 1987
378 pp.
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In this wide-ranging work, an Italian scholar argues that the foundations for two basic concepts of postwar American foreign policy-national security and interdependence-were laid in the period between the fall of France and Pearl Harbor. Santoro refers to the War and Peace Studies of the Council on Foreign Relations as "one of the first examples of systematic reflection and basic policy proposals" on these matters, giving particular attention to a series of studies of the economic importance of Britain and other areas to the United States and to an early assessment of the significance of Greenland and Iceland to the defense of the western hemisphere. He shows very perceptively how this kind of thinking transformed traditional "internationalist" views into "an infrastructure of 'globalist' concepts which was completed in the postwar shaping of the world." This is an excellent and highly original piece of work.

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