Layne, Christopher.

The peace of illusions : American grand strategy from 1940 to the present / Christopher Layne. - Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006. - xi, 290 p. ; 24 cm. - Cornell studies in security affairs . - Cornell studies in security affairs. .

Includes bibliographical references (p. 207-282) and index.

Theory, history, and U.S. grand strategy -- World War II and the foundations of American global hegemony -- U.S. grand strategy and the Soviet Union, 1945-1953 -- The open door and American hegemony in Western Europe -- The containment of Europe : American hegemony and European responses -- Liberal ideology and U.S. grand strategy -- The end of the unipolar era -- The strategy of offshore balancing.

"The Peace of Illusions intervenes in the ongoing debate about American grand strategy and the costs and benefits of "American empire." Christopher Layne urges the desirability of a strategy he calls "offshore balancing": rather than wield power to dominate other states, the U.S. government should engage in diplomacy to balance large states against one another. The United States should intervene, Layne asserts, only when another state threatens, regionally or locally, to destroy the established balance." "Drawing on extensive archival research, Layne traces the form and aims of U.S. foreign policy since 1940, examining alternatives foregone and identifying the strategic aims of different administrations. His offshore-balancing notion, if put into practice with the goal of extending the "American Century," would be a sea change in current strategy. Layne has much to say about present-day governmental decision making, which he examines from the perspectives of both international relations theory and American diplomatic history."--BOOK JACKET.

080143713X (cloth : alk. paper) 9780801437137 (cloth : alk. paper)

2005032191

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013437489 Uk


Hegemony--History--United States--20th century.
National security--History--United States--20th century.


United States--Foreign relations--20th century.
United States--Foreign relations--2001-2009.
United States--Foreign relations--Philosophy.

JZ1480 / .L38 2006

327.73009/045