Charles A. Beard and American Foreign Policy

Charles A. Beard and American Foreign Policy

Charles A. Beard and American Foreign Policy

Charles A. Beard and American Foreign Policy

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Following the death of Charles Austin Beard (1874-1948), numerous tributes testified to his formidable influence upon American thought and institutions as a result of his multifaceted career as a historian, political scientist, teacher, educator, and champion of progressive-liberal causes. But Beard's death also occasioned pointed allusions to what had been, in the opinion of some friends as well as hostile critics, a decline in Beard's reputation as "the dean of American historians." As one historian suggested in 1954, "It is indisputable that his prestige was higher ten or twelve years before his death than it has been since."

The fundamental reason for this development may be found in the extent of unfavorable response to Beard's last two volumes on President Franklin D. Roosevelt's conduct of American diplomacy prior to World War II. But his waning prestige also coincided . . .

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