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The United States and Imperialism uses concepts of civilization, identity, the civilizing mission, and cooperation to explain the role of imperialism throughout American history. Ninkovich's original analysis of America as an empire shows how imperialism, anti-imperialism, and geopolitics have all played a role in how the United States made decisions when seeking new territories.

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"Frank Ninkovich's The United States and Imperialism is amajor work of historical research and writing. Ninkovich takes onseveral of the most important topics in the history of US foreignrelations with grace, wit, and deep understanding. The bookincludes a vast amount of scholarship in primary and secondarysources. Best of all, it brings centuries' old issues up to date."Robert D. Schulzinger, University of Colorado

"In this provocative overview, Frank Ninkovichreconceptualizes American imperialism 'as an element of thegeopolitics of modernity.' By emphasizing the liberal sensibilityand modernizing goals behind imperialism, he reorients staledebates and poses fresh questions about America's identity and'civilizing' mission." Emily Rosenberg, MacalesterCollege

"Ninkovich provides an innovative and exciting synthesis."Choice

"Ninkovich presents a fresh interpretation of thecontours of the American empire and places the experience ofimperialism within the larger context of modern US foreign policy.This study is to be commended for its clarity, conceptualsophistication, and eloquence. It is highly recommended forclassroom adoption and equally suited for undergraduate andgraduate discussions" American Nineteenth Century HistoryJournal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781577180562
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/13/2001
  • Series: Problems in American History Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 1,434,339
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank Ninkovich is Professor of History at St John's University. He is the author of several books on United States foreign policy, including The Wilsonian Century (1999), Modernity and Power (1994), Germany and the United States (updated edition, 1994), and The Diplomacy of Ideas (1981).

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Table of Contents


1. Imperialism and National Identity in the 1890s.

2. Failed Expectations: The Civilizing Mission in thePhilippines.

3. America's Caribbean Empire.

4. The Modernization of China and the Diplomacy ofImperialism.

5. Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in America's WorldPolicies.

Conclusion: Beyond Imperialism: The Empire of Modernity.


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