John Quincy Adams and American Global Empire

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University Press of Kentucky, Oct 1, 2002 - History - 238 pages
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" Was Hitler a moral aberration or a man of his people? This topic has been hotly argued in recent years, and now Jay Gonen brings new answers to the debate using a psychohistorical perspective, contending that Hitler reflected the psyche of many Germans of his time. Like any charismatic leader, Hitler was an expert scanner of the Zeitgeist. He possessed an uncanny ability to read the masses correctly and guide them with ""new"" ideas that were merely reflections of what the people already believed. Gonen argues that Hitler's notions grew from the general fabric of German culture in the years following World War I. Basing his work in the role of ideologies in group psychology, Gonen exposes the psychological underpinnings of Nazi Germany's desire to expand its living space and exterminate Jews. Hitler responded to the nation's group fantasy of renewing a Holy Roman Empire of the German nation. He presented the utopian ideal of one large state, where the nation represented one extended family. In reality, however, he desired the triumph of automatism and totalitarian practices that would preempt family autonomy and private action. Such a regimented state would become a war machine, designed to breed infantile soldiers brainwashed for sacrifice. To achieve that aim, he unleashed barbaric forces whose utopian features were the very aspects of the state that made it most cruel.

 

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Weeks (American history, San Diego State Univ.) paints a detailed and ultimately unflattering portrait of John Quincy Adams in his role as U.S. secretary of state (1817-25). While touching on Adams's ... Read full review

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A neatly focused study of JQA and his role in negotiating the Transcontinental Treaty, which gave the US a foothold on the Pacific coast. Weeks's has mastered the intricate details of the negotiations ... Read full review

Contents

Destiny
6
Developing a Strategy
37
First Moves
59
The South American Question
85
Jacksons Invasion of Florida
105
Onís Brought to a Point
127
The Origins of Empire
147
The American Cicero
176
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William Earl Weeks is professor of history at San Diego State University. He is the author of Building the Continental Empire: American Expansion from the Revolution to the Civil War.

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