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No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776
     

No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776

by Brian Loveman
 

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Dismantling the myths of United States isolationism and exceptionalism, No Higher Law is a sweeping history and analysis of American policy toward the Western Hemisphere and Latin America from independence to the present. From the nation's earliest days, argues Brian Loveman, U.S. leaders viewed and treated Latin America as a crucible in which to test foreign

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Dismantling the myths of United States isolationism and exceptionalism, No Higher Law is a sweeping history and analysis of American policy toward the Western Hemisphere and Latin America from independence to the present. From the nation's earliest days, argues Brian Loveman, U.S. leaders viewed and treated Latin America as a crucible in which to test foreign policy and from which to expand American global influence. Loveman demonstrates how the main doctrines and policies adopted for the Western Hemisphere were exported, with modifications, to other world regions as the United States pursued its self-defined global mission.

No Higher Law reveals the interplay of domestic politics and international circumstances that shaped key American foreign policies from U.S. independence to the first decade of the twenty-first century. This revisionist view considers the impact of slavery, racism, ethnic cleansing against Native Americans, debates on immigration, trade and tariffs, the historical growth of the military-industrial complex, and political corruption as critical dimensions of American politics and foreign policy.

Concluding with an epilogue on the Obama administration, Loveman weaves together the complex history of U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy to achieve a broader historical understanding of American expansionism, militarism, imperialism, and global ambitions as well as novel insights into the challenges facing American policymakers at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

Editorial Reviews

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[An] excellent and candid revisionist history of US relations with Latin America. . . . Elegant and courageous.—Latin American Review of Books

Meticulously traces US activity in the Americas from 1776 up to the Obama administration. Loveman wields an extensive array of secondary and published primary sources on US foreign policy.—Latin American Research Review

Loveman's work is valuable.—Journal of American Studies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807895986
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
06/14/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
552
File size:
3 MB

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This sweeping and compelling narrative tells the story of how America's sense of its own exceptionalism and righteous superiority led it to wield its terrible swift sword across the Western Hemisphere, from the earliest days of the Republic to the first decade of the twenty-first century.—William M. LeoGrande, American University

Meet the Author

Brian Loveman is professor emeritus of political science at San Diego State University and author or editor of more than twenty books on Latin American history and politics, inter-American relations, and U.S. foreign policy. In 2009 he received Chile's highest award given to noncitizens, the Condecoracion de la Orden al Merito de Chile, en el Grado de Gran Oficial.

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