New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898 / Edition 25

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Overview

This classic work, by the distinguished historian Walter LaFeber, presents his widely influential argument that economic causes were the primary forces propelling America to world power in the nineteenth century. Cornell University Press is proud to issue this thirty-fifth anniversary edition, featuring a new preface by the author."In this Beveridge Award-winning study, Walter LaFeber . . . probes beneath the apparently quiet surface of late nineteenth-century American diplomacy, undisturbed by major wars and undistinguished by important statements of policy. He finds those who shaped American diplomacy believed expanding foreign markets were the cure for recurring depressions. . . . In thoroughly documenting economic pressure on American foreign policy of the late nineteenth century, the author has illuminated a shadowy corner of the national experience. . . . The theory that America was thrust by events into a position of world power it never sought and was unprepared to discharge must now be re-examined. Also brought into question is the thesis that American policymakers have depended for direction on the uncertain compass of utopian idealism."—American Historical Review
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"In this Beveridge Award-winning study, Walter LaFeber . . . probes beneath the apparently quiet surface of late nineteenth-century American diplomacy, undisturbed by major wars and undistinguished by important statements of policy. He finds those who shaped American diplomacy believed expanding foreign markets were the cure for recurring depressions. . . . In thoroughly documenting economic pressure on American foreign policy of the late nineteenth century, the author has illuminated a shadowy corner of the national experience. . . . The theory that America was thrust by events into a position of world power it never sought and was unprepared to discharge must now be re-examined. Also brought into question is the thesis that American policymakers have depended for direction on the uncertain compass of utopian idealism."—American Historical Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801485954
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Cornell Paperbacks Series
  • Edition description: 35TH ANNIVERSARY
  • Edition number: 25
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 293,053
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

I Years of Preparation, 1860-1889 1
The Roots of the New Empire 3
The Industrial Revolution 6
Westward the Course of Empire - and Discontent 10
The Reaction of American Business 17
Seward 24
Grant and Fish 32
Evarts 39
Blaine and Frelinghuysen 46
Bayard and the Pacific 53
The Beginning of the Modern American Navy 58
Conclusion: The Period of Preparation 60
II The Intellectual Formulation 62
Frederick Jackson Turner and the American Frontier 63
Josiah Strong and the Missionary Frontier 72
Brooks Adams, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and the Far Western Frontier 80
The Ideological Consensus 95
III The Strategic Formulation 102
The Assumptions and Objectives 104
Pan-Americanism: "The Battle for a Market" 112
The Beginnings of the Modern Battleship Navy 121
The Haitian Revolution 127
The Chilean Revolution 130
The New Empire in the Western Pacific, 1889-1892 136
A Premature American Frontier in the Pacific 140
IV The Economic Formulation 150
The Goldbugs and Foreign Markets 153
The Tariff of 1894 159
"Symptoms of Revolution" 172
The American Business Community: Analysis 176
The American Business Community: Solutions 186
V Reaction: Depression Diplomacy, 1893-1895 197
Hawaii 203
The Brazilian Revolution of 1894 210
Replacing the British in Nicaragua 218
Depression, Expansion, and the Battleship Navy 229
VI Reaction: The Venezuelan Boundary Crisis of 1895-1896 242
Lighting the Fuse 243
The Explosion 259
Aftermath 270
VII Reaction: New Problems, New Friends, New Foes 284
The Cuban Revolution, 1895-1897 285
The Far East 300
New Friends 311
New Foes 318
VIII Reaction: Approach to War 326
McKinley 327
Cuba, 1897 to March 17, 1898 333
The Far East, 1897 to March, 1898 352
Hawaii 362
The American Business Community before the War with Spain, 1897 to February, 1898 370
The Decision for War 379
Epilogue 407
Selected Bibliography 418
Acknowledgments 427
Index 429
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