Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 31, 1996 - Political Science - 144 pages
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Stephanson explores the origins of Manifest Destiny--the American idea of providential and historical chosenness--and shows how and why it has been invoked over the past three hundred years. He traces the roots of Manifest Destiny from the British settlement of North America and the rise of Puritanism through Woodrow Wilson's efforts to "make the world safe for democracy" and Ronald Reagan's struggle against the "evil empire" of the Soviet Union. The result is a remarkable and necessary book about how faith in divinely ordained expansionism has marked the course of American history.

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Manifest destiny: American expansionism and the empire of right

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Stephanson (Kennan and the Art of Foreign Policy, Harvard Univ. Pr., 1989) turns his attention to an era not adequately covered in monographic form since Frederick Merk's Manifest Destiny and Mission ... Read full review

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A clear, relatively readable book with the rather sad limitation of its length and muddled bibliography. While the argument could be expansive and over-arching, Stephanson chose to limit the wordcount ... Read full review

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Anders Stephanson, professor of history at Columbia University, is the author of Kennan and the Art of Foreign Policy.

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