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By James R. Flynn

Past Patriotism argues that a few hundreds of thousands of usa citizens became “post-national” those that placed the great of humanity sooner than patriotism or nationwide honour. It discusses the selections that disappointed them from the Vietnamese battle, to the try and placed Pol Pot again into strength, to the sanctions opposed to Iraq. instead of lamenting the heyday of patriotism, post-national humans may still congratulate themselves on reaching ethical adulthood. they need to make clear their puzzling over why nationalism is bankrupt, what american citizens should still do to pacify the realm, what they owe to their place of origin, and what they owe to themselves.

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- Kevin Clements, Secretary normal foreign Peace study organization (2008-2010)

"Flynn sees that 'Love of One's Country’ is a deadly factor and argues convincingly for what he calls post-national humanism. it is a ebook that should be learn by means of someone fascinated by making a extra simply and peaceable global within the twenty first century."

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- Jeremy Waldron, Chichele Professor, Oxford University

"I don't be aware of of any further measured mirrored image on those risky concerns, patriotism, nationalism, and their position in an expanding international, than Jim Flynn’s most recent paintings. it really is compelling, the extra so since it is expert by means of a good account of his personal lifestyles and his personal love of the nations that experience shaped his identity."

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- Ramesh Thakur, United countries Assistant Secretary-General (1998-2007)

"In this painfully sincere appraisal of the USA position in international affairs, James Flynn employs a post-nationalist lens to argue that involved electorate must never exempt their very own kingdom from severe ethical scrutiny and judgment. the result's an illuminating and fascinating research of a few of the main major and contentious modern issues."

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If Russian troops had invaded and conquered these countries after the Second World War, it would have been alarming. That is not what occurred. The Soviet version of events is closer to the truth than that of the West. No doubt President Truman honestly believed that Stalin was maintaining the Communist guerillas in Greece. But many historians hold that the aid did in fact come from Tito and, as Tito’s break with Stalin in 1948 showed, Yugoslavia was never merely a Russian puppet. Stalin may have kept his promise to leave Greece alone.

Compton, Enrico Fermi, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and E. O. Lawrence. Stimson (1947) says that careful consideration was given to alternatives such as prior warning and public demonstration but that they were discarded as impractical. From the minutes: After much discussion concerning various types of targets and the effects to be produced, the Secretary (Stimson) expressed the conclusion on which there was general agreement, that we could not give the Japanese any warning; that we could not concentrate on a civilian area; but that we should make a profound psychological impression on as many of the inhabitants as possible.

The Japanese had already refused to surrender after firebomb raids more destructive than the bomb (Stimson, 1947). What was needed was a psychological shock: watching a city disappear because of one bomb. Dropping the second bomb would raise the specter of a hail of bombs. Stimson also saw practical difficulties in the plan to hold a public demonstration. The original test of the bomb in New Mexico had not been made public because of fear of the fiasco of a dud. What if it did not work when dropped from an airplane?

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