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The United States and Imperialism : Problems in American History - Frank Ninkovich

The United States and Imperialism

Problems in American History

Paperback Published: 5th March 2001
ISBN: 9781577180562
Number Of Pages: 320

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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 in American history. The book begins with a survey of the methods and reasons behind America's imperialist drive in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and then outlines the place of imperialism within the broader sweep of modern United States foreign policy. Ninkovich's original analysis of America as an empire shows that imperialism, anti-imperialism, and geopolitics have all played a role in how the United States made decisions about acquiring new territories.

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"Frank Ninkovich's The United States and Imperialism is a major work of historical research and writing. Ninkovich takes on several of the most important topics in the history of US foreign relations with grace, wit, and deep understanding. The book includes a vast amount of scholarship in primary and secondary sources. Best of all, it brings centuries' old issues up to date." Robert D. Schulzinger, University of Colorado

"In this provocative overview, Frank Ninkovich reconceptualizes American imperialism 'as an element of the geopolitics of modernity.' By emphasizing the liberal sensibility and modernizing goals behind imperialism, he reorients stale debates and poses fresh questions about America's identity and 'civilizing' mission." Emily Rosenberg, Macalester College

"Ninkovich provides an innovative and exciting synthesis." Choice

"Ninkovich presents a fresh interpretation of the contours of the American empire and places the experience of imperialism within the larger context of modern US foreign policy. This study is to be commended for its clarity, conceptual sophistication, and eloquence. It is highly recommended for classroom adoption and equally suited for undergraduate and graduate discussions" American Nineteenth Century History Journal


1. Imperialism and National Identity in the 1890s.

2. Failed Expectations: The Civilizing Mission in the Philippines.

3. America's Caribbean Empire.

4. The Modernization of China and the Diplomacy of Imperialism.

5. Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism in America's World Policies.

Conclusion: Beyond Imperialism: The Empire of Modernity.


ISBN: 9781577180562
ISBN-10: 1577180569
Series: Problems in American History
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 5th March 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 215.89 x 142.67  x 18.57
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1

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