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Meeting the EnemyAmerican Exceptionalism and International Law$
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Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780814798362

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814798362.001.0001

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Confronting American Exceptionalism

Confronting American Exceptionalism

(p.195) 8 The New World Order and American Hegemony
Meeting the Enemy

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

This book has brought to light the tremendous power of the narrative of American exceptionalism based on the notion that the United States is an embodiment of the best and most advanced stage of Western civilization. It has explained how the construct of American exceptionalism was invoked to justify U.S. territorial expansion across the North American continent as well as the extension of military and political power around the globe. In this concluding chapter, the dangers posed by American exceptionalism and the need to challenge its fundamental premises as well as those of manifest destiny and human progress are discussed. The principles and structures of international law that have emerged over the past century are considered, along with their potential as a viable starting point for creating a sustainable and just world order. The chapter argues that the “new paradigm” of international law will be strongly shaped by the “new American internationalism” that characterized the Bush administration's foreign policy. It also offers some reflections on the decolonization of international law.

Keywords:   territorial expansion, American exceptionalism, United States, Western civilization, manifest destiny, international law, American internationalism, foreign policy, decolonization

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