What sort of empire is America? A discussion of the American Empire in the 20th century

Obertelli, Alex (2012) What sort of empire is America? A discussion of the American Empire in the 20th century. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The thirst of American imperialism and empire began with the founding fathers and the Declaration of Independence. The 19th century belief of Manifest Destiny showed the intention of American expansion and laid the foundations of empire. The ground layer of imperialism was added to with later policies such as the Monroe Doctrine, which provided further justification for expansionism, and by the middle of the 20th century, America was the World’s only remaining global superpower.

    This dissertation assesses specifically what type of empire America was during the 20th century, analysing U.S. foreign policy of both an interventionist and isolationist nature. America develops into an empire of global dominance rather than colonial control, and this dissertation contends that ultimately America was indeed a new type of empire, an empire that had to adapt its desire for expansion with its own rhetoric of anti-imperialism, and so did not use the traditional methods of conquest.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2012 07:09
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:03
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/8260

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