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An approach to US foreign policy that advocates non-participation in alliances or in the affairs of other nations. It derives its spirit from George Washington's proclamation of neutrality ...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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2002

... n. a policy of remaining apart from the political affairs of other countries. isolationist ...

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World Encyclopedia

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2004
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... Avoidance by a state of foreign commitments and alliances, particularly applied to US policy in the early 20th...

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A Concise Oxford Dictionary of Politics and International Relations (4 ed.)

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2018
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Social sciences, Politics
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... Support for non-involvement in foreign affairs, especially by the United States. Applied particularly to American politicians who wished the United States not to be involved in the World Wars, or in post-war...

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The Oxford Companion to Canadian History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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365 words

... . Canada made its first notable international appearance during the First World War. After the war, Prime Minister Robert Borden fought for direct representation at the Paris Peace Conference , independent ratification of the Treaty of Versailles, and full membership in the League of Nations . Having eventually secured recognition as an independent member of the international community, Canada retreated into isolationism, shunning active participation and obligations in world affairs for the next 20 years. Canada's isolationism reflected an...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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2004
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Social sciences, Politics
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645 words

... . The term isolationism denotes a country's determination to avoid unwanted foreign involvements and the power to compel others to respect that intention. In practice the internal and external foreign policy environment of the United States permitted an isolationist policy only under uniquely favorable circumstances. U.S. isolationism was never a mere response to geographic factors or a thoughtless preoccupation with internal concerns or self-sufficient pursuits. The United States was never a hermit nation; its isolationism was predominantly...

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Norman A. Graebner

The Oxford Companion to American Politics

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2012

... The term “isolationism” denotes a country’s determination to avoid unwanted foreign involvements as much as possible, and the power to compel others to respect that intention. In practice, the internal and external foreign policy environment of the United States has permitted an isolationist policy only under uniquely favorable circumstances. US isolationism never has been a mere response to geographic factors or a thoughtless preoccupation with internal concerns or self-sufficient pursuits. The United States never has been a hermit nation; its...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (5 ed.)

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2019
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History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
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...isolationism (USA) A persistent factor in US politics, the origins of which go back to Presidents Washington and Monroe . Isolationists advocate the avoidance of all alliances or participation in world affairs outside the American hemisphere, especially on a permanent or binding basis. They foiled Woodrow Wilson in his attempt to take the USA into the League of Nations , and during the 1930s isolationism was responsible for the Neutrality Acts . Since US entry into World War II isolationism has been much less prominent, but by no means irrelevant....

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The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (3 ed.)

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2016
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... In aesthetics, the view that a work of art should be taken in isolation, understood entirely in its own terms and without reference to external factors such as its place in a tradition, or the social circumstances in which it is set, or the life or intentions of the artist ( see intentional fallacy ). The view is associated with the stress on pure aesthetic form celebrated by the English critics Roger Fry ( 1866–1934 ) and Clive Bell ( 1881–1965 ). The opposing position is contextualism...

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Justus D. Doenecke

The Oxford Companion to United States History

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2004
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History, Regional and National History
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853 words

...predecessors in the late 1930s, however, they shunned the discredited label “isolationism” and preferred such terms as “interest-based policies,” “strategic disengagement,” “strategic independence,” or “national strategy.” See also Foreign Relations: U.S. Relations with Europe ; Internationalism ; Pacifism ; World War II: Military and Diplomatic Course . Manfred Jonas , Isolationism in America, 1935–1941 , 1966. John Milton Cooper Jr. , The Vanity of Power: American Isolationism and World War I, 1914–1917 , 1969. Justus D. Doenecke , Not to the Swift:...

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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2015
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... An approach to US foreign policy that advocates non-participation in alliances or in the affairs of other nations. It derives its spirit from George Washington’s proclamation of neutrality in 1793 , and was further confirmed by the Monroe Doctrine ( 1823 ). It foiled Woodrow Wilson in his attempt to take the USA into the League of Nations ( 1919 and 1920 ), and it hindered Franklin D. Roosevelt’s support for Britain, France, and China before and during World War II, by ensuring passage of restrictive Neutrality Acts ( 1935–37 ). Present-day i...

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The Oxford Companion to American Military History

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2004

...American Isolationism and World War I, 1914–1917 , 1969. Wayne S. Cole , America First: The Battle Against Intervention, 1940–1941 , 1953. Manfred Jonas , Isolationism in America, 1935–1941 , 1966. Manfred Jonas , Isolationism, in Alexander DeConde , ed., Encyclopedia of American Foreign Policy , 1978. Justus D. Doenecke , Not to the Swift: The Old Isolationists in the Cold War Era , 1979. Wayne S. Cole , Roosevelt and the Isolationists, 1932–45 , 1983. Justus D. Doenecke , Anti‐Intervention: A Bibliographical Introduction to Isolationism and Pacifism...

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Justus Doenecke and Christopher McKnight Nichols

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History

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2013

...In 1972 in the New York Times Tucker argued that perhaps a “touch of isolationism” would do the United States well in foreign affairs. In the 1980s and 1990s, a few “neo-isolationist” political scientists and historians called for America's withdrawal from alliance systems, security arrangements, and international organizations and advocated a defense limited to the Western Hemisphere. Like their predecessors in the late 1930s, however, they shunned the discredited label isolationism and preferred such terms as “interest-based policies,” “strategic...

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Brian Loveman

The Oxford Companion to International Relations

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2014
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Social sciences, Politics
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1,920 words

...Europe.” In 1966 , the political scientist Leroy Rieselbach wrote that “isolationism has been a force in American politics since the founding of the nation.” The historian Howard Jones, in his widely used text, The Course of American Diplomacy : From the Revolution to the Present, notes in passing that “the war with Spain [in 1898 ] also furthered the decline of American isolationism.” Additionally, Loch Johnson's Seven Sins of American Foreign Policy reminded readers: “Isolationism, recall, was America's response to the wrangling world and remained so...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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65 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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40 words
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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26 words
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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
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2005
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2004
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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Isolationism versus Interventionism in the United States

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The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Peace

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Current Version:
2010
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Social sciences
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1,679 words

... versus Interventionism in the United States . Isolationism and interventionism are concepts that are closely associated with policy debates about national security. Regardless of whose security or the exact circumstances confronting a state, champions of these policy positions share some common beliefs. Isolationists are likely to reject the use of force in the absence of a truly existential threat to a nation or state. Rather, war and threats of violence are seen as likely to exacerbate, not quell, crises or ongoing conflicts. They believe that...

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An approach to US foreign policy that advocates non-participation in alliances or in the affairs of other nations. It derives its spirit from George Washington's proclamation of neutrality in 1793, ...

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