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American foreign policy and postwar reconstruction; comparing Japan and Iraq.


American foreign policy and postwar reconstruction; comparing Japan and Iraq.

Bridoux, Jeff.



240 pages



Routledge studies in US foreign policy


Bridoux (international politics, Aberystwyth U.) compares postwar reconstruction in Iraq with postwar reconstruction in Japan in order to understand why US officials believed that extensive social re-engineering aimed at seeding liberal democracy and economic development is replicable. He discusses American power as a tale of force and consent; power and the American experience; assessing Truman's and G.W. Bush's understanding of power and foreign policies; whether reconstructing Iraq put American power at risk; coercion, consent, and consistency in reconstructing Japan, and postwar reconstruction and the American experience. The study may be based on his PhD dissertation at Kent University.

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