Summary and Keywords
The United States has been uniquely God-centered among Western nations, and that includes its foreign policy. From George Washington to the present, all presidents and policymakers have had to consider God in varying degrees either for their domestic audience or because they believed in a version of Providential mission in the world. In the beginning, the new United States was filled with religious people whom the founders had to consider in crafting the founding documents. In time, the very idea of the United States became so entwined with the sense of the Divine that American civil religion dominated even the most secular acts of policymakers.
Keywords: U.S. foreign policy, Manifest Destiny, Wilsonian, realpolitik, isolation, Empire of Righteousness, Peace Without Victory, First World War, Second World War, Cold War, First Moroccan Crisis, internationalism
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