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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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Redefining Boundaries

Redefining Boundaries

(p.190) Chapter 4 Redefining Boundaries
The New Deal

Kiran Klaus Patel

Princeton University Press

This chapter builds on the findings of Chapter 2 and examines the New Deal's domestic initiatives in a global context during the second half of the 1930s. The years 1933 and 1935 did not stand for different philosophies or economic models. More than new policies or programs, it was the domestic and international context that was different two years into the New Deal, and the term “security” in particular took on a new meaning. In the United States, the political debates were much more entrenched in 1935 than in 1933, when the advocates of laissez-faire capitalism had been shell-shocked by the Great Slump. Internationally, things were just as bad, given the triumphs of fascism and communism in various regions of the world. The threat emanating from political and military developments in other parts of the world impacted the domestic agenda much more than before, thus redefining the meaning of the global for American politics.

Keywords:   New Deal, economic policy, domestic policy, economic reform, security, statism, American politics

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