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President James Monroe laid the foundation of American foreign policy when he said, “The American continents . . . are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for colonization by any European powers.” Originating as a principle of nonintervention in the newly independent countries of Latin America, the Monroe Doctrine was eventually invoked for American interventions, a metamorphosis that occurred during the nineteenth century and here attracts Sexton’s examination. He ties changes in the doctrine’s application to several factors: antagonistic U.S.-UK relations, U.S. continental expansion, and U.S. imperial acquisitions in the late 1890s. Narrating specific diplomatic situations, as in Oregon and Mexico, Sexton underscores American leaders’ perception of foreign threat up to the 1860s, which materialized during the Civil War when the British indicated they might recognize the Confederacy. The dissipation of disunion anxieties after 1865 cleared the way for reinterpretation of the doctrine by the Roosevelt Corollary, by which TR justified his actions in Panama. Doctrine and corollary are textbook staples, and Sexton’s work will benefit students tasked to elucidate their history. --Gilbert Taylor


“A first-rate, comparatively brief, and comprehensive introduction to a subject that is, at once, pertinent and fascinating. The Monroe Doctrine, and its application over time, teaches us a lot about the growth of the American republic. It also tells us something about American and European statecraft, the art of diplomacy, the extent to which mythology informs realpolitik, and right or wrong, the enduring value of our nation's founding principles.” —Philip Terzian, The Weekly Standard
“Sexton supplies valuable context to . . . America’s competing impulses of professed anti-colonialism and robust imperialism. Today, especially, the Monroe Doctrine—that sometimes illusory, always fascinating engine of diplomacy—should merit our attention.” —Jonathan E. Lazarus, The Star-Ledger (NJ)
“Lucidly written, shrewd in its insights, compelling in its interpretations, Jay Sexton’s book shows the Monroe Doctrine being reinterpreted and variously applied by American statesmen across the decades from its inception to the time of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson.” —Daniel Walker Howe, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848
“In this sparkling gem of a book, Jay Sexton reveals the sheer versatility of the Monroe Doctrine, its principles, and its application during the United States’s nineteenth-century journey toward national consolidation and empire. His global perspective on national history delivers a subtle and powerful analysis of the interaction of American domestic politics and foreign policy within the shaping framework of British power. This is the Monroe Doctrine interpreted with unequalled complexity, originality, and clarity.” —Richard Cawardine, president, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, a...

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  • File Size: 448 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Publisher: Hill and Wang (March 15, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 15, 2011
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WPGF76
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