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Warfare and WelfareMilitary Conflict and Welfare State Development in Western Countries$
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Herbert Obinger, Klaus Petersen, and Peter Starke

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198779599

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198779599.001.0001

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Foreign Policy on the Home Front

Foreign Policy on the Home Front

War and the Development of the American Welfare State

(p.176) 7 Foreign Policy on the Home Front
Warfare and Welfare

Robert P. Saldin

Oxford University Press

In the age of mass warfare, US engagement in foreign wars was an important force for state development. In particular, American wars spurred state growth, public capacities, regulatory oversight, and social reforms. These changes expanded government’s sphere of operations and recast American political, economic, and social life. Many of these changes were focused directly on veterans and the social problems that emerged in the aftermath of wars. Yet some of the changes were more broadly based and paved the way for future developments of the American welfare state. This war-based story complements the more familiar, domestic-based accounts of American state development. Notably, and in contrast with many European states, these changes were instituted in the USA even though there was very little war-wrought domestic destruction and no war-induced regime changes or social policy changes ordered by occupying powers.

Keywords:   civil war, World War I, World War II, Korean War, income tax, women’s suffrage, labour, civil rights, veterans, military welfare state

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