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Johnston argues that the preemptive first-use of nuclear guns, lengthy the root of yankee nuclear procedure, was once now not the rigorously reasoned reaction to a starting to be Soviet traditional danger. in its place, it used to be a part of a means of cultural 'socialization', during which the USA reconstituted the formerly nationalist strategic cultures of the eu allies right into a seamless western group directed via Washington. development a bridge among idea and perform, this ebook examines the usefulness of cultural thought in foreign historical past.

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M. Johnston, Hegemony and Culture in the Origins of NATO Nuclear First-Use, 1945–1955 © Andrew M. ”2 First-use was the strategic desire of these hegemonic practices. Culture The first ontological question of diplomatic history is about the location of state foreign policy. Is it in the domestic life of the nation-state? Or in the pressures exerted by global anarchy, forcing all to be preoccupied with security over other goals? Is it some combination of both? Or are the dynamics of global politics in the operation of transnational capitalism?

Religious practice, family rituals, business communication, and international diplomacy have behavioral codes that make practices intelligible to those who participate in them. The capacity to allocate significance to these group-making signs is an important social prize because representation exists, as Pierre Bourdieu argued, in a linguistic “market,” in which some have more capital than others. This is why we use metaphors to embrace “multi-million things” in a small vocabulary. Metaphors replace incongruous or contingent events with an “influx of significance,” to coerce ambiguity into a “unitary conceptual framework” by relating it to understood situations.

In Harrington’s febrile mind, the Commonwealth of Increase was universal and millennial. This tension expressed itself in dynamics traced by Ninkovich’s Modernity and Power. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the United States celebrated its capacities, enveloped the world, became interdependent with that world, and then faced threats from its frontier because of this interdependence. This was the price of modernity. Yet the exclusionary strain remained a powerful counter-voice to the Commonwealth of Increase.

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