Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz

Empire for Liberty: A History of American Imperialism from Benjamin Franklin to Paul Wolfowitz

by Richard H. Immerman
     
 

ISBN-10: 069112762X

ISBN-13: 9780691127620

Pub. Date: 04/29/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How could the United States, a nation founded on the principles of liberty and equality, have produced Abu Ghraib, torture memos, Plamegate, and warrantless wiretaps? Did America set out to become an empire? And if so, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and in some cases, its crimes--with the idea of liberty so forcefully expressed in the Declaration of

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How could the United States, a nation founded on the principles of liberty and equality, have produced Abu Ghraib, torture memos, Plamegate, and warrantless wiretaps? Did America set out to become an empire? And if so, how has it reconciled its imperialism--and in some cases, its crimes--with the idea of liberty so forcefully expressed in the Declaration of Independence? Empire for Liberty tells the story of men who used the rhetoric of liberty to further their imperial ambitions, and reveals that the quest for empire has guided the nation's architects from the very beginning--and continues to do so today.

Historian Richard Immerman paints nuanced portraits of six exceptional public figures who manifestly influenced the course of American empire: Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, William Henry Seward, Henry Cabot Lodge, John Foster Dulles, and Paul Wolfowitz. Each played a pivotal role as empire builder and, with the exception of Adams, did so without occupying the presidency. Taking readers from the founding of the republic to the Global War on Terror, Immerman shows how each individual's influence arose from a keen sensitivity to the concerns of his times; how the trajectory of American empire was relentless if not straight; and how these shrewd and powerful individuals shaped their rhetoric about liberty to suit their needs.

But as Immerman demonstrates in this timely and provocative book, liberty and empire were on a collision course. And in the Global War on Terror and the occupation of Iraq, they violently collided.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691127620
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
04/29/2010
Pages:
286
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments ix

INTRODUCTION

Contending with the American Empire 1

CHAPTER 1: Benjamin Franklin and America's Imperial Vision 20

CHAPTER 2: John Quincy Adams and America's Tortured Empire 59

CHAPTER 3: William Henry Seward Reimagines the American Empire 98

CHAPTER 4: Henry Cabot Lodge and the New American Empire 128

CHAPTER 5: John Foster Dulles and the Conflicted Empire 163

CHAPTER 6: Paul Wolfowitz and the Lonely Empire 196

POSTSCRIPT: The Dark Side 232

Notes 239

Index 257

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