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

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

by Walter LaFeber
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801485959

ISBN-13: 9780801485954

Pub. Date: 10/28/1998

Publisher: Cornell University Press

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…  See more details below

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801485954
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Cornell Paperbacks Series
Edition description:
35TH ANNIVERSARY
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
784,729
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

IYears of Preparation, 1860-18891
The Roots of the New Empire3
The Industrial Revolution6
Westward the Course of Empire - and Discontent10
The Reaction of American Business17
Seward24
Grant and Fish32
Evarts39
Blaine and Frelinghuysen46
Bayard and the Pacific53
The Beginning of the Modern American Navy58
Conclusion: The Period of Preparation60
IIThe Intellectual Formulation62
Frederick Jackson Turner and the American Frontier63
Josiah Strong and the Missionary Frontier72
Brooks Adams, Alfred Thayer Mahan, and the Far Western Frontier80
The Ideological Consensus95
IIIThe Strategic Formulation102
The Assumptions and Objectives104
Pan-Americanism: "The Battle for a Market"112
The Beginnings of the Modern Battleship Navy121
The Haitian Revolution127
The Chilean Revolution130
The New Empire in the Western Pacific, 1889-1892136
A Premature American Frontier in the Pacific140
IVThe Economic Formulation150
The Goldbugs and Foreign Markets153
The Tariff of 1894159
"Symptoms of Revolution"172
The American Business Community: Analysis176
The American Business Community: Solutions186
VReaction: Depression Diplomacy, 1893-1895197
Hawaii203
The Brazilian Revolution of 1894210
Replacing the British in Nicaragua218
Depression, Expansion, and the Battleship Navy229
VIReaction: The Venezuelan Boundary Crisis of 1895-1896242
Lighting the Fuse243
The Explosion259
Aftermath270
VIIReaction: New Problems, New Friends, New Foes284
The Cuban Revolution, 1895-1897285
The Far East300
New Friends311
New Foes318
VIIIReaction: Approach to War326
McKinley327
Cuba, 1897 to March 17, 1898333
The Far East, 1897 to March, 1898352
Hawaii362
The American Business Community before the War with Spain, 1897 to February, 1898370
The Decision for War379
Epilogue407
Selected Bibliography418
Acknowledgments427
Index429

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