The Monroe Doctrine by Jay Sexton
Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America

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President James Monroe's 1823 message to Congress declaring opposition to European colonization in the Western Hemisphere became the cornerstone of nineteenth-century American statecraft. Monroe's message proclaimed anticolonial principles, yet it rapidly became the myth and means for subsequent generations of politicians to pursue expansionist foreign policies. Time and again, debates on the key issues of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century foreign relations--expansion in the 1840s, Civil War diplomacy, the imperialism of 1898, entrance into World War I, and the establishment of the League of Nations--were framed in relation to the Monroe Doctrine.



Covering more than a century of history, this engaging book explores the varying conceptions of the doctrine as its meaning evolved in relation to the needs of an expanding American empire. In Jay Sexton's adroit hands, the Monroe Doctrine provides a new lens from which to view the paradox at the center of American diplomatic history: the nation's interdependent traditions of anticolonialism and imperialism.


 

About Jay Sexton

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Jay Sexton is University Lecturer in American history at Oxford University. He is the author of many works in the field of foreign relations, including Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era 1837-1873.
 
Published March 15, 2011 by Hill and Wang. 303 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837–1873, 2005, etc.) demonstrates the haphazard formulation of what has become known as the Monroe Doctrine (1823), and examines how its interpretations altered during the next 100 years, as the once-weak United Stat...

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The Roanoke Times

By 1904, the United States had grown from a confederation of former colonies in a great power with “self-imposed imperial ‘duties.’ ” Sexton notes that the Roosevelt Corollary showed the “great paradox if the Monroe Doctrine: its anticolonialism and idealism — its enlightened call for a new worl...

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Newcity Lit

University of Oxford scholar Jay Sexton’s thoughtful, solidly analytical examination of almost a century of subsequent foreign policy convincingly demonstrates why the 1823 doctrine expressed by President James Monroe cast such a long shadow in our politics—and is likely to continue to do so as l...

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Newcity Lit

University of Oxford scholar Jay Sexton’s thoughtful, solidly analytical examination of almost a century of subsequent foreign policy convincingly demonstrates why the 1823 doctrine expressed by President James Monroe cast such a long shadow in our politics—and is likely to continue to do so as l...

Mar 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Monroe Doctrine: Empire a...

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