The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898

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Cornell University Press, 1963 - Business & Economics - 444 pages
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This classic work, by the distinguished historian Walter LaFeber, presents his widely influential argument that economic causes were the primary forces propelling America to world power in the nineteenth century. Cornell University Press is proud to issue this thirty-fifth anniversary edition, featuring a new preface by the author."In this Beveridge Award-winning study, Walter LaFeber . . . probes beneath the apparently quiet surface of late nineteenth-century American diplomacy, undisturbed by major wars and undistinguished by important statements of policy. He finds those who shaped American diplomacy believed expanding foreign markets were the cure for recurring depressions. . . . In thoroughly documenting economic pressure on American foreign policy of the late nineteenth century, the author has illuminated a shadowy corner of the national experience. . . . The theory that America was thrust by events into a position of world power it never sought and was unprepared to discharge must now be re-examined. Also brought into question is the thesis that American policymakers have depended for direction on the uncertain compass of utopian idealism."—American Historical Review
  

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User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

Certainly a classic, and it still largely stands. I didn't enjoy the writing style, though it was certainly good when it was written. It reminded me a lot of Higham's Strangers in the Land, with it's very strict chronological approach. Read full review

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User Review  - Jessi - Goodreads

Lafeber does well at proving his thesis: that American imperialism was largely a consequence of the industrial revolution and the need for new markets. "The New Empire" was a very calculated move by ... Read full review

Contents

Years of Preparation 18601889
1
The Intellectual Formulation
62
The Ideological Consensus
95
The Strategic Formulation
102
The Economic Formulation
150
Depression Diplomacy 18931895
197
The Venezuelan Boundary Crisis of 1895
242
The Explosion
259
New Problems New Friends New Foes
284
Approach to War
326
with Spain 1897 to February 1898
370
The Decision for War
379
Epilogue
407
Selected Bibliography
418
Acknowledgments
427
Copyright

Aftermath
270

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