Empire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism by Ian TyrrellEmpire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism by Ian Tyrrell

Empire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of Terrorism

EditorIan Tyrrell, Jay Sexton

Paperback | February 3, 2015

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Across the course of American history, imperialism and anti-imperialism have been awkwardly paired as influences on the politics, culture, and diplomacy of the United States. The Declaration of Independence, after all, is an anti-imperial document, cataloguing the sins of the metropolitan government against the colonies. With the Revolution, and again in 1812, the nation stood against the most powerful empire in the world and declared itself independent. As noted by Ian Tyrrell and Jay Sexton, however, American "anti-imperialism was clearly selective, geographically, racially, and constitutionally." Empire's Twin broadens our conception of anti-imperialist actors, ideas, and actions; it charts this story across the range of American history, from the Revolution to our own era; and it opens up the transnational and global dimensions of American anti-imperialism.

By tracking the diverse manifestations of American anti-imperialism, this book highlights the different ways in which historians can approach it in their research and teaching. The contributors cover a wide range of subjects, including the discourse of anti-imperialism in the Early Republic and Civil War, anti-imperialist actions in the U.S. during the Mexican Revolution, the anti-imperial dimensions of early U.S. encounters in the Middle East, and the transnational nature of anti-imperialist public sentiment during the Cold War and beyond.

Contributors: Laura Belmonte, Oklahoma State University; Robert Buzzanco, University of Houston; Julian Go, Boston University; Alan Knight, University of Oxford; Ussama Makdisi, Rice University; Erez Manela, Harvard University; Peter Onuf, Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, Monticello, and University of Virginia; Jeffrey Ostler, University of Oregon; Patricia Schechter, Portland State University; Jay Sexton, University of Oxford; Ian Tyrrell, University of New South Wales

Ian Tyrrell is Emeritus Professor of History at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of Reforming the World, Transnational Nation, and Historians in Public. Jay Sexton is Associate Professor of American History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. He is the author of The Monroe Doctrine and Debtor Diplo...
Title:Empire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of TerrorismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:9 × 6 × 0.29 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

by Ian Tyrrell and Jay Sexton

Part I. Conquest and Anticolonialism in the Nineteenth Century

1. Imperialism and Nationalism in the Early American Republic
by Peter S. Onuf

2. Native Americans against Empire and Colonial Rule
by Jeffrey Ostler

3. "The Imperialism of the Declaration of Independence" in the Civil War Era
by Jay Sexton

Part II. Anti-Imperialism and the New American Empire

4. Anti-imperialism in the U.S. Territories after 1898
by Julian Go

5. U.S. Anti-imperialism and the Mexican Revolution
by Alan Knight

6. Anti-imperialism, Missionary Work, and the King-Crane Commission
by Ussama Makdisi

Part III. The Extent and Limits of Anti-Imperialism

7. Global Anti-imperialism in the Age of Wilson
by Erez Manela

8. Feminist Historiography, Anti-imperialism, and the Decolonial
by Patricia A. Schechter

9. Resource Use, Conservation, and the Environmental Limits of Anti-imperialism, c. 1890–1930
by Ian Tyrrell

Part IV. Anti-Imperialism in the Age of American Power

10. Promoting American Anti-imperialism in the Early Cold War
by Laura A. Belmonte

11. Ruling-Class Anti-imperialism in the Era of the Vietnam War
by Robert Buzzanco

12. Whither American Anti-imperialism in a Postcolonial World?
by Ian Tyrrell and Jay Sexton


Editorial Reviews

"Empire's Twin spans space, time, and the disciplines to craft a breathtaking new approach to an underexplored area of U.S. history. Moving from the revolutionary era to the 1980s, it documents anti-imperialism in U.S. history and depicts it as a tradition with a long, complex, and surprising history. This is a bold and exciting book, featuring some of the most distinguished scholars in the history of U.S. foreign relations, tackling a crucial intellectual problem at the cutting edge of historical scholarship today."—Christopher Capozzola, MIT, author of Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen