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IAFF 2190, Week 5 Notes

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Week 5 Notes for Presidents at War Professor Henry Nau IAFF 2190 Merry 27 Sept.
Presidents At war
Dr. Henry Nau
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IAFF, Presidents, War, Politics
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Date Created: 09/29/16
Presidents At War 27 September 2016 1. What are the possible criteria for ranking presidents and which criteria does Merry adopt? 2. Which presidents did better by the electorate than by the historians and vice versa? 3. Are historians objective? What did Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. do that annoyed Merry? Is Merry objective? Can performance be separated from partisanship/ideology? Have Jackson and Polk been treated fairly? Merry Takeaway: Criteria to Rank Presidents; • Contemporary judgement of electorate o One term (Polk, Adams) o 2 terms and party succeeds in WH (FDR, Reagan, Grant, VA presidents) • Contemporary judgement of the electorate matters, the future judgment is left out. • Do you think about past presidents when you vote now? § Merry assumes not. o Inherited term, reelected and party succeeds in WH (Lincoln, McKinley, Coolidge) • Collective (not individual) judgement of Historians o Political Bias (Jackson, Madison, Eisenhower, Reagan) o Why not Economist, Political Scientists? • Historians know more (in theory) • Future judgement of Public opinion (Truman) o Influenced by historians and biographers • Difficulty of Historical Circumstances o What about those that each man ran against? How does that play into how their terms played out? o The promises they made? o What they were handed? • Do Merry's criteria avoid partisanship o For Merry there is ultimately no objective stance, so the compromise is the collective judgment of the people • The big argument against that: What if our elections are rigged? Spun? Corrupt? § It validates the quality of our elections.


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