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Conclusions

in In Time of War

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print October 2009 | ISBN: 9780226043586
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226043463 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226043463.003.0009
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Since the 1950s, the consideration of public opinion about war has largely proceeded apart from the consideration of public opinion about domestic politics. This book has provided an overview of the major wars in United States history since the 1930s as well as the public's reaction to those conflicts, paying special attention to public opinion during World War II. It has argued that the study of public opinion about war—and public opinion about foreign policy more generally—must be integrated with the study of domestic public opinion, and that we can best understand public opinion in times of war by looking to the same attachments, enmities, and emotions that structure opinion toward domestic issues. Specifically, it has considered the expression of public support for war, support for the protection of civil liberties, and elections held during times of war.

Keywords: public opinion; United States; World War II; politics; elections; civil liberties; foreign policy; wars; public support

Chapter.  6470 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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