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American Isolationism, 1939-1941

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07/30/2014Justus D. Doenecke

The isolationist tradition in America, as it was manifested from 1939 to 1941, was based on two fundamental doctrines: avoidance of war in Europe and unimpaired freedom of action. Isolationism differs from pacifism (a refusal to sanction any given war), and one could call for strong national defense, seek overseas territories, and demand economic spheres of influence and still he an isolationist. To be sure, isolationists and pacifists often joined forces, and the onslaught of the European war saw a renewal of this tenuous alliance. It was, however, always a marriage of convenience.

Volume 6, Number 3 (1982)

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Doenecke, Justus D. "American Isolationism, 1939–1941." Journal of Libertarian Studies 6, No. 3 (1982): 201–216.