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Since their first publication, the four volumes of the Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations have served as the definitive source for the topic, from the colonial period to the Cold War. This entirely new first volume narrates the British North American colonists' pre-existing desire for expansion, security and prosperity and argues that these desires are both the essence of American foreign relations and the root cause for the creation of the United States. They required the colonists to unite politically, as individual colonies could not dominate North America by themselves. Although ingrained localist sentiments persisted, a strong, durable Union was required for mutual success, thus American nationalism was founded on the idea of allegiance to the Union. Continued tension between the desire for expansion and the fragility of the Union eventually resulted in the Union's collapse and the Civil War.
|Publication date:||16th April 2015|
|Author:||William Earl (San Diego State University) Weeks|
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Format:||Paperback / softback|
|Categories:||History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,|
William Earl Weeks is Lecturer in History at San Diego State University. He is the author of John Quincy Adams and American Global Empire (1992) and Building the Continental Empire, 1815-1861, and co-editor of American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature (2003).More About William Earl (San Diego State University) Weeks