Debating American Exceptionalism: Empire and Democracy in the Wake of the Spanish-American War

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

byFabian Hilfrich

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This in-depth analysis of the American imperialism debate after the Spanish-American War of 1898 elucidates how Americans understood their international role and national identity during a crucial period of their foreign relations. Transcending the immediate historical context, this book also explores why such debates remain similar and why they end up affirming a belief in American exceptionalism. Obituaries for the idea have frequently been written in response to controversial foreign policies, but exceptionalism remains vibrant and at the heart of the arguments of those who support and those who oppose these policies – whether in the Philippines, Vietnam, or Iraq.

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This in-depth analysis of the American imperialism debate after the Spanish-American War of 1898 elucidates how Americans understood their international role and national identity during a crucial period of their foreign relations. Transcending the immediate historical context, this book also explores why such debates remain similar an...

Fabian Hilfrich is a lecturer in American History at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the Freie Universität Berlin and has previously worked as a researcher at the Foreign Office branch of the Institute for Contemporary History in Berlin, co-publishing the files of the foreign office ( Akten zur Auswärtigen Politi...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 8.86 × 5.7 × 0.84 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:023039289X

ISBN - 13:9780230392892

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