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By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783, written by Michael J. Green

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783,... (New York: Columbia University Press, 2017). 760 pp. $45.00 (cloth).In By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783, Michael J. Green takes on the ambitious challenge of tracing the entirety of United States policymaking toward East Asia. He argues that variations within and between presidential administrations hinged on how leaders approached commitments to American interests in Asia relative to other foreign policy concerns. This included with which nations they prioritized engagement, whether they adhered to ideas of self-determination or spreading universal values, and whether they advocated for protectionism or free trade. Green analyzes policies from the founding of the United States to the present day through these frameworks, eliciting the myriad of ways those in power succeeded and failed to live up to their own ambitions. He notes that the United States always has approached Asia policy in much the same way as other nations—“the definition of Asia usually reflects the identity and national interest of the government in question” (p. 14). Yet, the ability of the United States to realize those interests is unique. The core of this work is the thorough delineation of how generations of policy makers responded to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783, written by Michael J. Green

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/18765610-02404006
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(New York: Columbia University Press, 2017). 760 pp. $45.00 (cloth).In By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783, Michael J. Green takes on the ambitious challenge of tracing the entirety of United States policymaking toward East Asia. He argues that variations within and between presidential administrations hinged on how leaders approached commitments to American interests in Asia relative to other foreign policy concerns. This included with which nations they prioritized engagement, whether they adhered to ideas of self-determination or spreading universal values, and whether they advocated for protectionism or free trade. Green analyzes policies from the founding of the United States to the present day through these frameworks, eliciting the myriad of ways those in power succeeded and failed to live up to their own ambitions. He notes that the United States always has approached Asia policy in much the same way as other nations—“the definition of Asia usually reflects the identity and national interest of the government in question” (p. 14). Yet, the ability of the United States to realize those interests is unique. The core of this work is the thorough delineation of how generations of policy makers responded to

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Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Oct 31, 2017

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