Civilizing the Enemy: German Reconstruction and the by Patrick Jackson

By Patrick Jackson

For the previous century, politicians have claimed that "Western Civilization" epitomizes democratic values and foreign balance. yet who's a member of "Western Civilization"? Germany, for instance, used to be a sworn enemy of the U.S. and masses of Western Europe within the first a part of the 20 th century, yet emerged as a staunch Western best friend after international struggle II.

By analyzing German reconstruction lower than the Marshall Plan, writer Patrick Jackson indicates how the rhetorical invention of a West that incorporated Germany used to be severe to the emergence of the postwar global order. Civilizing the Enemy convincingly describes how innovations are strategically formed and given weight in sleek diplomacy, by way of expertly dissecting the historical past of "the West" and demonstrating its difficult patience within the face of contradictory realities.

"By revisiting the early chilly warfare through a few rigorously carried out highbrow heritage, Patrick Jackson expertly dissects the post-1945 meanings of "the West" for Europe's emergent political imaginary. West German reconstruction, the root of NATO, and the idealizing of 'Western civilization' all look in interesting new light."

--Geoff Eley, college of Michigan

"Western civilization isn't really given yet politically made. during this theoretically refined and politically nuanced booklet, Patrick Jackson argues that Germany's reintegration right into a Western neighborhood of countries used to be enormously facilitated through civilizational discourse. It tested a compelling political good judgment that guided the effective Allies of their profession coverage. This booklet is especially topical because it engages severely very varied, and not more profitable, modern theoretical structures and political deployments of civilizational discourse."

--Peter J. Katzenstein, Cornell University

"What units Patrick Jackson's publication aside is his cognizance, at the one hand, to philosophical concerns in the back of the categories of theoretical claims he makes and, nonetheless, to the methodological implications that stick to from these claims. Few students are keen and ready to do either, or even fewer are as profitable as he's in sporting it off. Patrick Jackson is a scientific philosopher in a box the place idea is all of the rage yet systematic considering is briefly supply."

--Nicholas Onuf, Florida overseas University

Patrick Thaddeus Jackson is Assistant Professor of diplomacy in American University's college of overseas Service.

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