By Robert Kagan
From the writer of the immensely influential and best-selling Of Paradise and Power—a significant reevaluation of America’s position on the planet from the colonial period to the flip of the 20th century.Robert Kagan strips away the parable of America’s isolationist culture and divulges a extra complex fact: that americans were expanding their international strength and effect gradually for the previous 4 centuries. Even from the time of the Puritans, he unearths, the United States used to be no shining “city up on a hill” yet an engine of business and territorial growth that drove local american citizens, in addition to French, Spanish, Russian, and eventually even British energy, from the North American continent. Even prior to the start of the state, americans believed they have been destined for worldwide management. Underlying their objectives, Kagan argues, used to be a suite of rules and beliefs concerning the international and human nature. He makes a speciality of the announcement of Independence because the rfile that firmly demonstrated the yankee conviction that the inalienable rights of all mankind transcended territorial borders and blood ties. American nationalism, he indicates, was once consistently internationalist at its center. He additionally makes a startling discovery: that the Civil battle and the abolition of slavery—the success of the beliefs of the Declaration—were the decisive turning element within the historical past of yank international coverage in addition. Kagan's awesome and accomplished reexamination of early American overseas coverage makes transparent why the United States, from its very starting, has been seen around the world not just as a wellspring of political, cultural, and social revolution, yet as an formidable and, every now and then, risky country.
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