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Age of IronOn Conservative Nationalism$
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Colin Dueck

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190079369

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190079369.001.0001

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Introduction: On Conservative Nationalism

Introduction: On Conservative Nationalism

(p.1) Introduction: On Conservative Nationalism
(p.iii) Age of Iron

Colin Dueck

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the entire book. It argues that a kind of conservative American nationalism long predates the Trump presidency, and goes back to the American founding. Different aspects of conservative American nationalism have been incorporated into the Republican Party from its creation. Every Republican president since Theodore Roosevelt has tried to balance elements of this tradition with global US foreign policy priorities. Donald Trump was able to win his party’s nomination and rise to the presidency in part by challenging liberal internationalist assumptions. Yet in practice, he too has combined nationalist assumptions with global US foreign policy priorities. The long-term trend within the Republican party—predating Trump—is toward political populism, cultural conservatism, and white working-class voters, and this has international implications. Republican foreign policy nationalism is not about to disappear.

Keywords:   nationalism, conservatism, populism, Trump presidency, American foreign policy, US diplomatic history, American party politics, Republican Party

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