America’s Empire

  • William Woodruff


For the Americans, ‘Imperialism’ is other people’s history. It had nothing to do with a people who had fought a revolutionary war to gain their independence from an imperialist power, and whose leaders for a century and more had openly disclaimed any territorial ambitions in the world. Placing themselves outside history, they looked upon the earlier expansion of the mercantilist states of Europe, as well as their later ‘scramble’ for parts of Africa, Asia, and the islands of the Pacific Ocean, as evil; whereas their own conquest of a continent was the ‘Manifest Destiny’ of a people who had inherited ‘God’s country’.


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  • William Woodruff
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  1. 1.University of FloridaUSA

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