Walter McDougall

About Walter McDougall

Walter A. McDougall is the Alloy-Ansin Professor of International Relations at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Center for the Study of America and the West. Dr. McDougall is the author of many books including Throes of Democracy: The American Civil War Era, 1829-1877, Promised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776, and The Tragedy of U.S. Foreign Policy: How America’s Civil Religion Betrayed the National Interest.

Conservatism, Civil Religion, & the Culture War

By |2019-06-06T10:43:50-05:00October 8th, 2017|Categories: American Republic, Books, Conservatism, Featured, Foreign Affairs, History, Middle East, Politics, Timeless Essays|

Our real culture wars are not being waged between “God and country” conservatism on the one side and multicultural secular liberalism on the other. It now seems to me that our real culture wars are waged between Civil Religion on the one side and Christian orthodoxy on the other… Today’s offering in our Timeless [...]

Promised Land: U.S. Foreign Policy in the Founding Era

By |2019-04-09T15:11:21-05:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: American Founding, Christianity, Federalist Papers, George Washington, History, Jamestown, National Security|

During her first century, America’s foreign policy closely guarded her place as a holy land, set apart from the wicked Old World. The purpose of foreign policy was to keep the corrupt outer world from shaping our nation… Who are we, we Americans? Are we champions of liberty, both civil and religious, both at home and [...]

Policing the World

By |2019-10-10T13:08:29-05:00January 13th, 2015|Categories: Constitution, History, Republicanism, Statesman|Tags: , , |

Review in your memory the main episodes of nineteenth-century history and you will see how American statesmen stayed the course. Jefferson, for all his wild talk in favor of the French Revolution, announced in his inaugural, “We are all Federalists; we are all Republicans,” pledged “no entangling alliances,” clung to neutrality in the Napoleonic [...]

The Challenge Confronting Conservatives: Sustaining a Republic of Hustlers

By |2013-11-24T20:49:25-06:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: Conservatism, Foreign Affairs|Tags: , , |

At our 2009 annual meeting, the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress was exposed to some surreal juxtapositions. First, the Librarian James Billington described the cultural impact of the global financial meltdown. University and public libraries lost a third to a half of their endowments or budgets, forcing them to lay off staff, suspend [...]

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