The Myth of Triumphalism Book

The Myth of Triumphalism

  • Author : Beth A. Fischer
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2019-12-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813178202

The Myth of Triumphalism Excerpt :

Did President Reagan's hawkish policies destroy the Soviet Union and enable the United States to win the Cold War? Many Americans believe this to be the case. In this view -- known as "triumphalism" -- Reagan's denunciations of the "evil empire" and his military buildup compelled Moscow to admit defeat. The president's triumph demonstrates that America's leaders should stand strong and threaten adversaries into submission. Drawing on both US and Soviet sources, this study demonstrates that triumphalism is a series of falsehoods about President Reagan's intentions, his policies, and the impact his administration had on the Soviet Union. In reality, the president's initially hardline posture undermined US interests and brought the superpowers to the brink of war. This work exposes Reagan's dedication to diplomacy and his unorthodox views about global security, which frequently brought him into conflict with his own advisers and allies. The president did not seek to destroy the USSR; rather, he sought to eliminate nuclear weapons. This volume also explains why Moscow chose to abandon the arms race, adopt democratic reforms, and withdraw from its ill-fated war in Afghanistan. These initiatives were part of a reform movement that had been growing in the USSR for decades before Reagan entered office. The Kremlin did not acquiesce to American pressure; rather, Soviet reformers believed the arms race had been futile and sought to move beyond the Cold War. In fact, President Reagan's initially aggressive policies had made it more difficult for Moscow to pursue these revolutionary reforms. Ultimately President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev together were able to accomplish what no one at the time thought possible -- the peaceful conclusion of the Cold War. The president's opposition to nuclear weapons, his determined leadership, and his dedication to diplomacy are his most enduring legacies.



  • Author : FISCHER.
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2022-05-28
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 0813178185


The Reagan Reversal Book

The Reagan Reversal

  • Author : Beth A. Fischer
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-10
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826273123

The Reagan Reversal Excerpt :

It is often assumed that Ronald Reagan's administration was reactive in bringing about the end of the cold war, that it was Mikhail Gorbachev's "new thinking" and congenial personality that led the administration to abandon its hard- line approach toward Moscow. In The Reagan Reversal, now available in paperback, Beth A. Fischer convincingly demonstrates that President Reagan actually began seeking a rapprochement with the Kremlin fifteen months before Gorbachev took office. She shows that Reagan, known for his long-standing antipathy toward communism, suddenly began calling for "dialogue, cooperation, and understanding" between the superpowers. This well-written and concise study challenges the conventional wisdom about the president himself and reveals that Reagan was, at times, the driving force behind United States-Soviet policy.

The Myth of America s Decline  Politics  Economics  and a Half Century of False Prophecies Book

The Myth of America s Decline Politics Economics and a Half Century of False Prophecies

  • Author : Josef Joffe
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2013-11-04
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 327
  • ISBN 10 : 9780871404497

The Myth of America s Decline Politics Economics and a Half Century of False Prophecies Excerpt :

Dispels the notion that the United States is on a decline by citing similar points in history, from Sputnik to Obama, that supposedly heralded the notion of a doomed country, but resulted in rejuvenation instead. 17,500 first printing.

Recalling Our Own Stories Book
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Recalling Our Own Stories

  • Author : Edward P. Wimberly
  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 226
  • ISBN 10 : 9781506454788

Recalling Our Own Stories Excerpt :

How religious caregivers can find spiritual renewal in their own story Recalling Our Own Stories, which author Edward P. Wimberly describes as "a spiritual retreat in book form," is designed to help clergy and religious caregivers face the challenges of ministry. It is also a valuable resource for practitioners who assist these clergy and caregivers in meeting the challenges of their work. Wimberly enables caregivers to map out and come to grips with cultural expectations of their profession. He also helps readers explore and edit the mythologies that make up their self-image, attitudes toward others, expectations about their performance and role, and convictions about ministry. Finally, he provides a model for spiritual and emotional review grounded in narrative psychology and spiritual approaches. As Wimberly explains, this book offers a way to renew our motivation for ministry by reconnecting to our original call, visualizing again how God has acted and remains intricately involved in our lives. Wimberly demonstrates how religious caregivers, often facing burnout, can tap the sources of renewal that reside in the faith community.

Cold War Triumphalism Book

Cold War Triumphalism

  • Author : Ellen Schrecker
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006-03-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 359
  • ISBN 10 : 1595580832

Cold War Triumphalism Excerpt :

The historical and ideological roots of right-wing dogma are exposed in this collection of essays by some of America's leading historians of foreign policy and the Cold War era, countering the triumphalist account of the political struggles of the Cold War.

The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest Book

The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest

  • Author : Michael Vincent Wilcox
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2009-12-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 334
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520944589

The Pueblo Revolt and the Mythology of Conquest Excerpt :

In a groundbreaking book that challenges familiar narratives of discontinuity, disease-based demographic collapse, and acculturation, Michael V. Wilcox upends many deeply held assumptions about native peoples in North America. His provocative book poses the question, What if we attempted to explain their presence in contemporary society five hundred years after Columbus instead of their disappearance or marginalization? Wilcox looks in particular at the 1680 Pueblo Revolt in colonial New Mexico, the most successful indigenous rebellion in the Americas, as a case study for dismantling the mythology of the perpetually vanishing Indian. Bringing recent archaeological findings to bear on traditional historical accounts, Wilcox suggests that a more profitable direction for understanding the history of Native cultures should involve analyses of issues such as violence, slavery, and the creative responses they generated.

The End of Victory Culture Book
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The End of Victory Culture

  • Author : Tom Engelhardt
  • Publisher : Univ of Massachusetts Press
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 387
  • ISBN 10 : 155849586X

The End of Victory Culture Excerpt :

In a substantial new afterword to his classic account of the collapse of American triumphalism in the wake of World War II, Tom Engelhardt carries that story into the twenty-first century. He explores how, in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the younger George Bush headed for the Wild West (Osama bin Laden, Wanted, Dead or Alive); how his administration brought victory culture roaring back as part of its Global War on Terror and its rush to invade Saddam Hussein's Iraq; and how, from its Mission Accomplished moment on, its various stories of triumph crashed and burned in that land.

Invisible Natives Book

Invisible Natives

  • Author : Armando José Prats
  • Publisher : Cornell University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-06
  • Genre: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501729539

Invisible Natives Excerpt :

This incisive, provocative, and wide-ranging book casts a critical eye on the representation of Native Americans in the Western film since the genre's beginnings. Armando José Prats shows the ways in which film reflects cultural transformations in the course of America's historical encounter with "the Indian." He also explores the relation between the myth of conquest and American history. Among the films he discusses at length are Northwest Passage, Stagecoach, The Searchers, Hombre, Hondo, Ulzana's Raid, The Last of the Mohicans, and Dances With Wolves. Throughout, Prats emphasizes the irony that the Western seems to be able to represent Native Americans only by rendering them absent. In addition, he points out that Native Americans who appear in Westerns are almost always male; Native women rarely figure into the plot, and are often portrayed by white women rendered "Indian" by narrative necessity. Invisible Natives offers an intriguing view of the possibilities and consequences—as well as the historical sources and cultural origins—of the Western's strategies for evading the actual portrayal of Native Americans.

Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe  1945 1990 Book

Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe 1945 1990

  • Author : Frédéric Bozo
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2012-03-30
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 366
  • ISBN 10 : 9780857453709

Visions of the End of the Cold War in Europe 1945 1990 Excerpt :

Exploring the visions of the end of the Cold War that have been put forth since its inception until its actual ending, this volume brings to the fore the reflections, programmes, and strategies that were intended to call into question the bipolar system and replace it with alternative approaches or concepts. These visions were associated not only with prominent individuals, organized groups and civil societies, but were also connected to specific historical processes or events. They ranged from actual, thoroughly conceived programmes, to more blurred, utopian aspirations - or simply the belief that the Cold War had already, in effect, come to an end. Such visions reveal much about the contexts in which they were developed and shed light on crucial moments and phases of the Cold War.

Archaeology  Narrative  and the Politics of the Past Book

Archaeology Narrative and the Politics of the Past

  • Author : Julia A. King
  • Publisher : Univ. of Tennessee Press
  • Release Date : 2012-07-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781572338883

Archaeology Narrative and the Politics of the Past Excerpt :

In this innovative work, Julia King moves nimbly among a variety of sources and disciplinary approaches—archaeological, historical, architectural, literary, and art-historical—to show how places take on, convey, and maintain meanings. Focusing on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, King looks at the ways in which various groups, from patriots and politicians of the antebellum era to present-day archaeologists and preservationists, have transformed key landscapes into historical, indeed sacred, spaces. The sites King examines include the region’s vanishing tobacco farms; St. Mary’s City, established as Maryland’s first capital by English settlers in the seventeenth century; and Point Lookout, the location of a prison for captured Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. As the author explores the historical narratives associated with such places, she uncovers some surprisingly durable myths as well as competing ones. St. Mary’s City, for example, early on became the center of Maryland’s “founding narrative” of religious tolerance, a view commemorated in nineteenth-century celebrations and reflected even today in local museum exhibits and preserved buildings. And at Point Lookout, one private group has established a Confederate Memorial Park dedicated to those who died at the prison, thus nurturing the Lost Cause ideology that arose in the South in the late 1800s, while nearby the custodians of a 1,000-acre state park avoid controversy by largely ignoring the area’s Civil War history, preferring instead to concentrate on recreation and tourism, an unusually popular element of which has become the recounting of ghost stories. As King shows, the narratives that now constitute the public memory in southern Maryland tend to overlook the region’s more vexing legacies, particularly those involving slavery and race. Noting how even her own discipline of historical archaeology has been complicit in perpetuating old narratives, King calls f

World Vision Magazine Book

World Vision Magazine

  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1968
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : STANFORD:36105123998648

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The Myth of Religious Violence Book
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The Myth of Religious Violence

  • Author : William T Cavanaugh
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-09-03
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN 10 : 0199736642

The Myth of Religious Violence Excerpt :

The idea that religion has a dangerous tendency to promote violence is part of the conventional wisdom of Western societies, and it underlies many of our institutions and policies, from limits on the public role of religion to efforts to promote liberal democracy in the Middle East. William T. Cavanaugh challenges this conventional wisdom by examining how the twin categories of religion and the secular are constructed. A growing body of scholarly work explores how the category 'religion' has been constructed in the modern West and in colonial contexts according to specific configurations of political power. Cavanaugh draws on this scholarship to examine how timeless and transcultural categories of 'religion and 'the secular' are used in arguments that religion causes violence. He argues three points: 1) There is no transhistorical and transcultural essence of religion. What counts as religious or secular in any given context is a function of political configurations of power; 2) Such a transhistorical and transcultural concept of religion as non-rational and prone to violence is one of the foundational legitimating myths of Western society; 3) This myth can be and is used to legitimate neo-colonial violence against non-Western others, particularly the Muslim world.

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights Book

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights

  • Author : Jenna Reinbold
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2016-12-15
  • Genre: Political Science
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812248814

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights Excerpt :

Seeing the Myth in Human Rights explores the role of myth in the creation and propagation of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Drawing on records, publications, and speeches from the Declaration's creators as well as current scholarship on human rights, Jenna Reinbold sees the Declaration as an exemplar of modern mythmaking.

Creativity  Problem Solving  and Aesthetics in Engineering Book

Creativity Problem Solving and Aesthetics in Engineering

  • Author : David Blockley
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2020-02-29
  • Genre: Technology & Engineering
  • Pages : 225
  • ISBN 10 : 9783030382575

Creativity Problem Solving and Aesthetics in Engineering Excerpt :

This book illuminates what engineering is and how it relates to other disciplines such as art, architecture, law, economics, science, technology, and even religion. The author explains, from an intrinsic as well as descriptive perspective, why engineering is essential for our collective well-being, and how, like medicine, it is undertaken by people, and for people, to improve the human condition. He brings out the 'magic' of engineering practice as well as addressing the darker aspects such as warfare and the misuse of the internet. A too commonly held view assumes that the practice of engineers is a cold, purely quantitative and wholly technical enterprise of applying know science, and devoid of creativity or aestheticism. In 2013 the United States National Academy of Engineering launched a campaign called “Changing the Conversation, Messages for Improving Public Understanding of Engineering” with four messages to impart about engineers: that they make a world of difference; are creative problem solvers; that they help shape the future, and are essential to health, happiness, and safety. In this volume, Professor Blockley incorporate these messages into an engaging exposition of engineering accomplishment in all of its evolving diversity, from the technician to the academic research engineer, illustrating the continuum of thinking and purpose from the fixer of the gas boiler to the designers of the A380 and the iPhone.