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The New DealA Global History$
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Kiran Klaus Patel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149127

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149127.001.0001

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Into the Vast External Realm

Into the Vast External Realm

(p.121) Chapter 3 Into the Vast External Realm
The New Deal

Kiran Klaus Patel

Princeton University Press

This chapter concentrates on the multiple global connections that the New Deal created, redirected, or discontinued—and how the meaning of “global” changed thanks to these encounters during the 1930s. Early New Deal action largely concentrated on domestic intervention. Hence, solving the world's problems at the international level was not the main concern for the New Dealers. From a global perspective, such a narrow focus makes little sense, mainly for two reasons. For one, the New Dealers' dealings with the wider world and their domestic agenda interacted closely with one another. For another, inactivity is a form of politics, too. By and large, the Roosevelt administration preserved the status quo on some issues, deepened the course of insulation it inherited from the Republican era on others, and in a third group, aimed to create new links around the globe.

Keywords:   New Deal, global connections, international relations, foreign relations, economic policy

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