The Power of the Past

History and Statecraft

by Hal Brands,

The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft
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  • 9780815727132

History rarely provides ironclad laws or lessons that can be extracted from one episode and applied to another. But it can play a powerful role in determining which policies are chosen, and when used well it can inspire effective statecraft. Too often, however, historians and policymakers talk past each other. The scholar fails to see the pressures of the present, and those charged with implementing policy have no time to contemplate the past.

Hal Brands and Jeremi Suri have assembled a team of leading scholars and policymakers to explore the history-policy nexus. They examine issues ranging from the uses and misuses of the Vietnam analogy, to the ways that lessons from nineteenth-century humanitarian interventions can inform debates today over the responsibility to protect, to the role of historical thinking in the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

Contributors: H. W. Brands (University of Texas at Austin), Peter Feaver (Duke University), William inboden (University of Texas at Austin), Mark Atwood Lawrence(University of Texas at Austin), Thomas G. Mahnken (U.S. Naval War Collegeand Johns Hopkins University), Jennifer M. Miller (Dartmouth College), MichaelCotey Morgan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Gunther Peck (DukeUniversity), James B. Steinberg (Syracuse University), Philip Zelikow (Universityof Virginia).

  • Brookings Institution Press; November 2015
  • ISBN: 9780815727149
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  • Title: The Power of the Past
  • Author: Hal Brands (ed.); Jeremi Suri (ed.)
  • Imprint: Brookings Institution Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 9780815727149
  • 9780815727132

About The Author

Hal Brands teaches in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is the author of three books on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, most recently What Good Is Grand Strategy? Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush.

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor in the Department of History and with the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of six previous books on international affairs, including Foreign Policy Breakthroughs: Cases in Successful Diplomacy (coedited with Robert Hutchings) and Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama.