By Robert Kagan
From the writer of the immensely influential and best-selling Of Paradise and Power—a significant reevaluation of America’s position on this planet from the colonial period to the flip of the 20 th century.Robert Kagan strips away the parable of America’s isolationist culture and divulges a extra complex truth: that americans were expanding their worldwide energy and impression gradually for the prior 4 centuries. Even from the time of the Puritans, he finds, the USA was once no shining “city up on a hill” yet an engine of business and territorial enlargement that drove local americans, in addition to French, Spanish, Russian, and eventually even British energy, from the North American continent. Even ahead of the delivery of the kingdom, americans believed they have been destined for international management. Underlying their targets, Kagan argues, was once a collection of rules and beliefs in regards to the global and human nature. He makes a speciality of the statement of Independence because the rfile that firmly validated the yank conviction that the inalienable rights of all mankind transcended territorial borders and blood ties. American nationalism, he exhibits, was once consistently internationalist at its middle. He additionally makes a startling discovery: that the Civil struggle and the abolition of slavery—the success of the beliefs of the Declaration—were the decisive turning element within the heritage of yankee overseas coverage besides. Kagan's awesome and complete reexamination of early American international coverage makes transparent why the United States, from its very starting, has been seen all over the world not just as a wellspring of political, cultural, and social revolution, yet as an formidable and, from time to time, harmful state.
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Adam Smith pointed out that there was "more equality . . " And Edmund Burke believed that by freeing people from dependence on employers and landowners, the conditions in North America had fostered "a love of freedom" and a "fierce spirit of liberty" that was "the predominating feature" in the colonial character and was "stronger . . "33 This quality of colonial existence made America "exceptional," distinguishing the colonies even from the liberty-loving Britons, who were themselves exceptional compared to the rest of Europe.
There were "already in the old colonies many thousands of families that are ready to swarm, wanting more land. . " Franklin's was, in essence, an argument for living space. Within that space the colonies, and the empire, would rise to unparalleled greatness. And the men responsible for this historic achievement would earn lasting fame and the gratitude of posterity. Echoing Machiavelli, Franklin flattered his British audience that "the Prince [or Princes] that acquires new Territory, if he finds it vacant, or removes the Natives to give his own People Room .
Lawrence through the Great Lakes to the Mississippi, and they would expand their holdings in the region if they could. But Louis XIV and Louis XV were preoccupied with affairs in Europe and would not spare the manpower to set- The First Imperialists 23 tie a vast French population in the heartland of North America. The AngloAmericans did. They wanted to settle new land, and they were settling it at an alarming pace. As one Indian leader told his compatriots, "Brethren, are you ignorant of the difference between our Father [the French] and the English?
Dangerous Nation: America's Place in the World, from it's Earliest Days to the Dawn of the 20th Century by Robert Kagan