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The Legacy of J. William FulbrightPolicy, Power, and Ideology$
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Alessandro Brogi, Giles Scott-Smith, and Snyder David J.

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177700

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177700.001.0001

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The Price of Imperial Thinking

The Price of Imperial Thinking

J. William Fulbright as Critic of US Empire

(p.114) The Price of Imperial Thinking
The Legacy of J. William Fulbright

Justin Hart

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines J. W. Fulbright’s reputation as a critic of the US empire through a close analysis of his major publications on US foreign policy. It argues that he attempted to reform the tactics of American empire rather than undermine the larger strategy of US dominance. Ultimately, it concludes that his ability to diagnose the causes of US imperialism were limited by his own devotion to the ideology of liberal internationalism that undergirded US foreign policy for most of the twentieth century.

Keywords:   Empire, Liberal internationalism, USforeign policy, Critic, Vietnam, NATO

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