The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade


The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881 ❴Epub❵ ❤ The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881 Author David S. Foglesong – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk David Foglesong tells the fascinating story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the 1880s He analyzes the involvement of journalists political activists propagandists missionaries David Foglesong tells the fascinating Mission and PDF Ì story of American efforts to liberate and remake Russia since the s He analyzes the involvement of journalists political activists propagandists missionaries diplomats engineers and others in this grand crusade paying special attention The American ePUB í to the influence of religious beliefs on Americans' sense of duty to emancipate convert or reform Russia He discusses the impact of popular debates about changing Russia on how Americans felt about the United States showing how the belief American Mission and Epub à that Russia was being remade in America's image reaffirmed faith in America's special virtue and historic mission and that opposition to the spread of American influence in Russia was characterized as evil from the late nineteenth century While the American Mission and the 'Evil PDF/EPUB or main focus is on American thinking and action the book also discusses the responses of Russian and Soviet governments Russian Orthodox priests and ordinary Russians to American propaganda campaigns missionary work and popular culture.

  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881
  • David S. Foglesong
  • English
  • 02 October 2016
  • 9780521671835

1 thoughts on “The American Mission and the 'Evil Empire': The Crusade for a 'Free Russia' since 1881

  1. Rhuff Rhuff says:

    It should be subtitled The Adventures of Strawman for such comic book mentality reflects the essential function of US Russia policy as David Foglesong shows in his century long tour The usefulness of Russia as bogeyman for all that is wrong in the world a contrasting foil to the virtues of us has defined this relationship ever since the first democratic stirrings in Russia following the Emancipation of '61 In this it followed Britain who'd long demonized Russia since imperial rivalries over the CrimeaThis trope was also successful for reactionaries in blocking progressive legislation at home Ronald Reagan was perhaps the most successful in this linkmanship socialized medicine was the first step to the gulags The crusade against US civil rights of which Reagan was also a part in his early career as Communist inspired tinkering with the Constitution was much less successful His support for free trade unions in the Soviet Bloc while crushing them at home underscored the irony But Foglesong is much too generous in evaluating Reagan's human decency as a policy motive Reagan pursued his grand rollback strategy by any means necessary mixing hard tactics contras death suad funding mujahadin Star Wars with soft democracy enhancement human rights meeting with Gorbachev Solidarity activists in Poland might remember his crusading fondly; survivors of the Salvadoran civil war will notThe new cold war of the Putin era shows the missionary impulse is alive and well after its brief dormancy The crusaders joust again at Russian enemies rather than reforms needed at home BLM activists are demagogues who should just shut up and be thankful they live in America although those saying so rarely acknowledge its necessity while combing Moscow for martyred dissidents The US Russia double standard is just too convenient to die The empire must always be evil precisely because it reflects our own image like a Buddhist truth mirrorI do find it puzzling that Foglesong made no mention of Maurice Hindus the prolific popular explainer of Russia in over a dozen mid century books; and the notorious defector Victor Kravchenko and his best selling memoir of the 1940s ghost written by Eugene Lyons another popular anti Soviet scribe Both were much influential in the public and political mind than many of the obscure missionary authors Foglesong does cite Nevertheless Foglesong has offered a generous helping of culturalpolitical history that shows no signs of growing stale

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