Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jan 31, 1996 - Political Science - 160 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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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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Although not a thick book, it covers this heavy topic in a measured and erudite style, citing good historical markers and providing insightful views of its origins.
Not a book for everyone, I think
it fleshes out for me a better understanding of this often used, perhaps overused, term that still injects itself into our national rhetoric. 

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About the author (1996)

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

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