…American culture historically has embodied a strain of isolationism. This isolationism is, however, a complex phenomenon which should not be understood simply as a desire to withdraw from the world. Rather American isolationism forms another another face of both American Chauvinism and American Messaisnism, in the form of a belief in America as a unique city on the hill.
(Lieven 2005: 3)
Lieven, Anatol. (2005) America Right or Wrong : An Anatomy of American Nationalism [online] http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ucreative/docDetail.action?docID=10263717 (Accessed on 08 October 2010)