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Great Power Rising: Theodore Roosevelt and the Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy

John M. Thompson


This book examines the relationship between domestic politics and Theodore Roosevelt’s foreign policy. It argues that, in spite of the complicated nature of the US system, with its overlapping powers, intense partisanship, and continuous scrutiny from the media and public, Roosevelt mostly succeeded in implementing his agenda. In the process, it contends, he played a crucial role in the nation’s rise to world power. The book places particular emphasis on four factors: Roosevelt’s compelling vision for national greatness, political skill, faith in the people and the US system, and emphasis on p ... More

Keywords: foreign policy, domestic politics, public opinion, partisanship, great power, presidential leadership, isolationism, press, Congress, interest group

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190859954
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190859954.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John M. Thompson, author
Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich