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US Expansionism
The Imperialist Urge in the 1890s
David Healy

“A significant contribution to our understanding not only of American imperialism at the end of the nineteenth century, but of the longer-term trends in American foreign policy during the twentieth.”
—John Braeman, American Quarterly

Americans, in viewing the globe in 1897, saw a world of empires that were dynamic and fast-growing. Western powers such as Germany, France, and particularly Great Britain were making colonial imperialism fashionable, and the United States, eager to flex its muscles as an emerging world power, was swept along with the European tide. One year later, the United States had truly established itself as a contender in the global game, victorious in a war with Spain and committed to imperialism. In US Expansionism, David Healy examines this brief but important chapter in American history. A final section of the book examines the anti-imperialist opposition inspired by the new policy, and the ensuing debates about the proper role of American power.

“Healy . . . succeeds admirably. He juxtaposes theme chapters and biographical sketches of five men who exemplify those themes—James Harrison Wilson, Theodore Roosevelt, Elihu Root, Charles Denby, and Charles Conant.”
—Richard E. Welch Jr., American Historical Review

David Healy is professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His other books include The United States in Cuba, 1898–1902; Drive to Hegemony: The United States in the Caribbean, 1898–1917; and Gunboat Diplomacy in the Wilson Era: The U.S. Navy in Haiti, 1915–1916.

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Back In Print
December 2011
LC: 71-021769 E
326 pp. 5 1/4 x 8 1/2
5 illus.

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