The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 1, Dimensions of the Early American Empire, 1754-1865

by William Earl (San Diego State University) Weeks

Part of the The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations Series

The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 1, Dimensions of the Early American Empire, 1754-1865 Synopsis

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.

The New Cambridge History of American Foreign Relations: Volume 1, Dimensions of the Early American Empire, 1754-1865 Press Reviews

'William Weeks is to be congratulated on his concise and masterful synthesis relating the rise of the American republic. His account provides the best explanation we have of how the concept of 'empire' can integrate both external and internal developments in the formative era of American history. Teachers and students alike will both admire and benefit greatly from the skill with which Weeks accomplishes this task.' J. C. A. Stagg, University of Virginia

Book Information

ISBN: 9781107536227
Publication date: 16th April 2015
Author: William Earl (San Diego State University) Weeks
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 338 pages
Categories: History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,

About William Earl (San Diego State University) Weeks

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 861, and co-editor of American Foreign Relations since 1600: A Guide to the Literature (2003).

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