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By Robert Kagan

From the writer of the immensely influential and best-selling Of Paradise and Power—a significant reevaluation of America’s position on this planet from the colonial period to the flip of the 20th century.

Robert Kagan strips away the parable of America’s isolationist culture and divulges a extra complex truth: that american citizens were expanding their international strength and impression gradually for the prior 4 centuries. Even from the time of the Puritans, he unearths, the US used to be no shining “city up on a hill” yet an engine of business and territorial enlargement that drove local american citizens, in addition to French, Spanish, Russian, and finally even British strength, from the North American continent. Even earlier than the start of the state, americans believed they have been destined for worldwide management. Underlying their targets, Kagan argues, was once a suite of principles and beliefs in regards to the international and human nature. He makes a speciality of the announcement of Independence because the record that firmly validated the yankee conviction that the inalienable rights of all mankind transcended territorial borders and blood ties. American nationalism, he exhibits, used to be regularly internationalist at its middle. He additionally makes a startling discovery: that the Civil battle and the abolition of slavery—the success of the beliefs of the Declaration—were the decisive turning aspect within the historical past of yankee international coverage in addition. Kagan's extraordinary and complete reexamination of early American overseas coverage makes transparent why the United States, from its very starting, has been considered around the globe not just as a wellspring of political, cultural, and social revolution, yet as an bold and, from time to time, harmful kingdom.

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