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Introduction

David Holloway

in 9/11 and the War on Terror

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780748633807
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670772 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748633807.003.0001
Introduction

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The chapter challenges the claim that 9/11 represented a break or moment of rupture in American history, and discusses the uses to which this claim was put by neoconservatives and the Bush White House in their attempts to justify a broad-based reinvention of US foreign policy and national security strategy. Instead, the chapter depicts the pre-9/11 and post-9/11 worlds as broadly continuous, presenting 9/11 as one moment in a much wider, transnational Islamist insurgency which gathered momentum during the 1990s. The chapter introduces the idea—explored throughout the book—that the Bush Doctrine ushered in a period of ‘crisis’ in republican governance and international law.

Keywords: Continuity; Crisis; Bush Doctrine; Islamism; Neoconservatism

Chapter.  2051 words.  Illustrated.

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