chapter  11
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A Return to Isolationism and Unilateralism? American Public Opinion, Pre- and Post-September 11 [2003]

In 1995, four years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Arthur Schlesinger-historian, former presidential adviser and once a vocal critic of American intervention in the Vietnam War-wrote that the age of American internationalism was coming to an end. Looking back on the commitment to collective security during the Cold War, he described the hope that “Americans had made the great turning and would forever a er accept collective responsibilities” as “an illusion.”