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
     
 

"Empire for Liberty places both the theory and the practice of empire inside history. Richard Immerman's complex, ironic account of the American empire and its relation to the concept of liberty is an essential analysis of how the United States became the kind of power it is today and where it might now be going."—Marilyn B. Young, New York

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"Empire for Liberty places both the theory and the practice of empire inside history. Richard Immerman's complex, ironic account of the American empire and its relation to the concept of liberty is an essential analysis of how the United States became the kind of power it is today and where it might now be going."—Marilyn B. Young, New York University

"Immerman, one of the most accomplished and distinguished historians of twentieth-century U.S. foreign relations, tackles a subject of enormous importance. This short book fills a vacuum by presenting a brisk but analytically challenging synthesis through the lives of six individuals who played pivotal roles in the growth, evolution, and maturation of the American empire."—Robert J. McMahon, author of The Limits of Empire: The United States and Southeast Asia since World War II

"Game over. With the appearance of Richard Immerman's brilliantly conceived and incisive book, the post-9/11 competition to map the origins, evolution, and present-day afflictions of the American empire has ended. Empire for Liberty sweeps the field."—Andrew J. Bacevich, author of The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism

"This is a superb book about a timely subject. Immerman tackles the idea of empire, a concept that Americans have preferred not to talk about and historians have shied away from. Given the importance of the topic and the ongoing debate over the future of U.S. foreign policy, this book should attract a readership beyond academia."—George C. Herring, author of From Colony to Superpower: U.S. Foreign Relations since 1776

"Forceful, engaging, and provocative. Immerman makes a significant contribution to American history by synthesizing the ways representative policymakers have conceived of the question of American empire. Empire for Liberty will be a well-read and important book."—Jeffrey A. Engel, editor of The China Diary of George H. W. Bush

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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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