Democracy and Imperialism: Irving Babbitt and Warlike Democracies

William S. Smith (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$84.00
Publisher
University of Michigan Press
Publish Date
August 20, 2019
Pages
236
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.69 inches | 1.14 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9780472131532

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About the Author

William S. Smith is Research Fellow and Managing Director of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America.

Reviews

"The author does a masterful job of laying out Babbitt's views on the sources of imperialism in mistaken notions of human character and, especially, failures of personal and national self-control. The result is a substantial contribution to political theory properly understood, to our understanding of an important but too-little-known political philosopher, and most interestingly to the developing field of International Relations theory."
--Bruce Frohnen, Ohio Northern University

"This book is timely in light of recent political developments that question the once unassailable normative status of liberal democracy. Babbitt develops a theory of the moral-cultural dangers associated with the democratic spirit. As an expert on Babbitt's thinking and one who is versed in contemporary IR theory, Dr. Smith is well-positioned to serve this need."
--Ryan R. Holston, Virginia Military Institute