dc.contributor.author Håland, Magne dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-11T09:33:02Z dc.date.available 2011-03-11T09:33:02Z dc.date.issued 2010 dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11250/139496 dc.description Masteroppgave i historie- Universitetet i Agder 2010 en_US dc.description.abstract There are ongoing debates about the concept of continuity and discontinuity in American en_US foreign policy. This research has focused on whether the controversial George W. Bushs rhetoric can be seen as radical new or as a traditional element in American foreign policy. According to researchers such as Sven Melby, Ivo H. Daalder and James M. Lindsay, George W. Bush can be seen as a revolutionary president. George W. Bush rhetoric was aggressive and dualistic. With his polarization of the world into good and evil spheres, he must carry much of the responsibility for his hawkish image, they claim. Not all agrees to a presentation like this one. Researchers such as Melvyn P. Leffler, John Lewis Gaddis, Robert Kagan and Walter Russell Mead argue more for continuity. Walter Russell Mead operates with four traditions in American policy. According to Mead, these traditions were present under Bush. These traditions are: Hamiltonian, Jeffersonian, Wilsonian, and Jacksonian. In searching for answers, this research investigated speeches and statements from two American presidents by focusing on time of crisis and the relation to “the others.” The controversial Harry S. Trumans rhetoric has been compared with George W. Bushs in relation to the Wilsonian and Jacksonian traditions. Truman and Bush can be seen as representatives not only for the Wilsonian and the Jacksonian tradition, but also the same aspects and variations within these typologies. Looking at it historically, it can be discussed whether Bush`s sharp tone was a new phenomenon in American politics. An aggressive and dualistic style seems to be little revolutionary in American politics. Much indicates that George W. Bush was one of several carriers of continuity in the U.S. politics. dc.language.iso eng en_US dc.publisher Universitetet i Agder: University of Agder en_US dc.subject.classification HI 500 dc.title George W. Bush a revolutionary president? : the picture of "the others": an analysis of political speeches by George W. Bush and Harry S. Truman en_US dc.type Master thesis en_US dc.subject.nsi VDP::Humanities: 000::History: 070::Political history: 071 en_US dc.source.pagenumber 138 s. en_US
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