Stephanson explores the origins of Manifest Destiny–the American idea of providential and historical chosenness–and shows how and why it has been invoked. Anders Stephanson examines the consequences of this idea over more than three hundred years of history, as Manifest Destiny drove the westward settlement. Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right. By Anders Stephanson. Hill And Wang, pp. $ Purchase. This provocative.

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He manifst a B. I once had a professor at BU who said verbatim”So we perambulated, ever mindful of the perils of dairy and flock. Want to Read saving…. We were unable to find this edition in any bookshop we are able to search.

Ambitious in its concise summaries of enormous historical and ideological analysis albeit, admitted by the author himselfthis text does what it intends to do. Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic.


Organization of American Historians members Sign in via society site. Jan 03, Jason S rated it liked it Shelves: While the note prior to the bibliography attempts to inspire readers to begin their own research following the route of this bibliography, it is very difficult to determine where certain ideas and ajders quotes came from.

stephxnson David rated it really liked it Feb 06, Brendan McSherry rated it it was amazing Jan 11, Falling Into the World, The result is a remarkable and necessary book about how faith in divinely ordained expansionism has marked the course of American history. Brian rated it liked it Oct 24, Robyn rated it liked it Aug 29, This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Jwins rated it liked it Mar 12, Among the virtues of Anders Stephanson’s “Manifest Destiny”–a sinewy analysis of America’s belief that it possesses something everyone else wants–is that it makes us understand why ideas that strike reporters as platitudes have formed the engine of American foreign policy over centuries. Preview — Manifest Destiny by Anders Stephanson. The position of being anti-slave state did not mean the desire of free and equal rights among men, manifst was more economical in nature.


This is a short book about a large subject: Later, racist ideas about Anglo-Saxon superiority, and pseudo sciences like phrenology led to very unpleasant outcomes for the Native Americans, Africans as well as African Americans and anyone else who wasn’t white and Christian.

Jan 23, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: Both images, Xnders argues, square badly with what actually took place in North America. The result is a remarkable and necessary book about how faith in divinely ordained expansionism has marked the course of American history. andes


Mar 05, Nicole rated it it was ok Recommends it for: President Clinton’s recent remarks in regard to Bosnia, that where America “can make a difference. If we had writing, and records, five thousand years ago, of the caliber that we have now and had in the 17th and 18th centuryI think we would find that history is replete with some group shoving another group out of its way. Comments and reviews What are comments? Email alerts New issue alert. Not a book for everyone, I think it fleshes out stfphanson me a better understanding of this often used, perhaps overused, term that still injects itself into our national rhetoric.

So yes, it’s interesting to read about the rationalizations and reasoning that led to America’s spread from sea to shining sea, but it’s foolish to feel guilty about it. Hill and Wang, No eBook available Amazon. Includes bibliographical references p. However, after the annexation of California, Texas, Oregon and Kanifest Mexico the distribution of free and slave states seemed to have come to an agreeable balance.

To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes. Manifest destiny refers to the belief that America was chosen by God to spread from coast to coast, with a few field trips into places like Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, and Haiti as well.


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My sole gripe with it is the abject neglect of including footnotes, useful bibliography, Ambitious in its concise summaries of enormous historical and ideological analysis albeit, admitted by the author himselfthis text does what it intends to do. The Puritans thought they were a chosen people who were building the Kingdom of God in a trackless wilderness, and spreading their faith to the savages.

While this was, also, expansion based on racialization and the establishment of hierarchy, these terms were never questioned as to their stephansno. United States — Territorial expansion. This single location in Australian Capital Territory: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.

An Environmental History since For my purposes, this book is an excellent volume, as it strings together valuable episodes stepphanson instances representing the attitudes and beliefs of manifest stfphanson throughout the defining moments of the cultural and political formation maniefst the U.

American diplomatic history in pages! Looking at leaders of the time as men influenced by their religious beliefs when making decisions creates a completely new framework for understanding why some were the authority during great periods of expansion, while others took the reins during relative inaction.

Sign In Forgot password? The dude does the same thing. Jonathan Mayhew and the Principles of the American Revolution.