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Constructing National Interests: The United States and the Cuban Missile Crisis (Hardback)

Jutta Weldes

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ISBN 10: 0816631107 / ISBN 13: 9780816631100
Edité par University of Minnesota Press, United States, 1999
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Not simply an event or merely an incident, the 1962 standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba was a crisis, which subsequently has achieved almost mythic significance in the annals of U.S. foreign policy. Jutta Weldes asks why this occurrence in particular should be cast as a crisis, and how this so significantly affected the national interest. Here, Weldes analyzes the so-called Cuban missile crisis as a means to rethink the idea of national interest, a notion central to both the study and practice of international relations.Why did the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba constitute a crisis for U.S. state officials and thus a dire threat to U.S. national interests? It was, Weldes suggests, more a matter of discursive construction than of objective facts or circumstances. Drawing on social theory and on concepts from cultural studies, she exposes the realities of the crisis as social creations in the service of a particular and precarious U.S. state identity defined within the Cold War U.S. security imaginary. Constructing National Interests shows how this process allowed for a redefining of the identities, interests, and likely actions of various states, so that it seemed to logically serve the U.S. national interest in removing the missiles from Cuba. N° de réf. du libraire AAR9780816631100

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Titre : Constructing National Interests: The United ...

Éditeur : University of Minnesota Press, United States

Date d'édition : 1999

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Not simply an "event" or merely an "incident, " the 1962 standoff between the United States and the Soviet Union over missiles in Cuba was a crisis, which subsequently has achieved almost mythic significance in the annals of U.S. foreign policy. Jutta Weldes asks why this occurrence in particular should be cast as a crisis, and how this so significantly affected "the national interest." Here, Weldes analyzes the so-called Cuban missile crisis as a means to rethink the idea of national interest, a notion central to both the study and practice of international relations.

Why did the presence of Soviet missiles in Cuba constitute a crisis for U.S. state officials and thus a dire threat to U.S. national interests? It was, Weldes suggests, more a matter of discursive construction than of objective facts or circumstances. Drawing on social theory and on concepts from cultural studies, she exposes the "realities" of the crisis as social creations in the service of a particular and precarious U.S. state identity defined within the Cold War U.S. "security imaginary."

Constructing National Interests shows how this process allowed for a redefining of the identities, interests, and likely actions of various states, so that it seemed to logically serve the U.S. national interest in removing the missiles from Cuba.

About the Author:

Jutta Weldes is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Bristol. She is the author of "Constructing National Interests: The US and the Cuban Missile Crisis" (1999).

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