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 | March 19, 2015

Pricing and Purchase Info

$35.47 online 
$40.50 list price save 12%
Earn 177 plum® points

Prices and offers may vary in store


In stock online

Ships free on orders over $25

Not available in stores


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 Diplomacy...
Title:Empire's Twin: U.S. Anti-imperialism from the Founding Era to the Age of TerrorismFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.29 inPublished:March 19, 2015Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0801479193

ISBN - 13:9780801479199

Look for similar items by category:


Table of Contents

by Ian Tyrrell and Jay SextonPart I. Conquest and Anticolonialism in the Nineteenth Century1. Imperialism and Nationalism in the Early American Republic
by Peter S. Onuf2. Native Americans against Empire and Colonial Rule
by Jeffrey Ostler3. "The Imperialism of the Declaration of Independence" in the Civil War Era
by Jay SextonPart II. Anti-Imperialism and the New American Empire4. Anti-imperialism in the U.S. Territories after 1898
by Julian Go5. U.S. Anti-imperialism and the Mexican Revolution
by Alan Knight6. Anti-imperialism, Missionary Work, and the King-Crane Commission
by Ussama MakdisiPart III. The Extent and Limits of Anti-Imperialism7. Global Anti-imperialism in the Age of Wilson
by Erez Manela8. Feminist Historiography, Anti-imperialism, and the Decolonial
by Patricia A. Schechter9. Resource Use, Conservation, and the Environmental Limits of Anti-imperialism, c. 1890–1930
by Ian TyrrellPart IV. Anti-Imperialism in the Age of American Power10. Promoting American Anti-imperialism in the Early Cold War
by Laura A. Belmonte11. Ruling-Class Anti-imperialism in the Era of the Vietnam War
by Robert Buzzanco12. Whither American Anti-imperialism in a Postcolonial World?
by Ian Tyrrell and Jay SextonNotes

Editorial Reviews

"Historians are increasingly turning their attention to the study of the United States as an empire. But what of those Americans who challenged the nation's expansionist world role? The superb essays in Empire's Twin brilliantly examine the phenomenon of anti-imperialism. They demonstrate that America's rise to globalism was neither preordained nor uncontested. By shining light on this important but neglected topic, Ian Tyrrell andJay Sexton have done historians of the United States and the world a tremendous service." - Andrew Preston, Cambridge University, author of Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith: Religion in American War and Diplomacy