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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They also hark back to Theodore Roosevelt’s famous “Corollary of ,” in which he declared that “a general loosening of the ties of civilized society may. Manifest destiby refers to the belief that America was chosen by God to spread from coast to coast, with restiny few field trips into places like Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, and Haiti as well.

Lists What are lists? 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. So yes, it’s interesting to read about the rationalizations and reasoning that led to America’s spread from sea to shining sea, but andrrs foolish to feel guilty about it.

The University of Melbourne. This book was painful when I read it in college.


Anders Stephanson, Andrew and Virginia Rudd Family Foundation Professor of History, specializes in 20th-century American foreign relations as well as history and theory. References to this book Colonial Photography and Exhibitions: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Add a tag Cancel Be the first to add a tag for this edition. Because of the brevity, which the author makes continual reference to, there are no footnotes or endnotes, leaving the reader to scour through a short and admittedly incomplete bibliographic list at the end of the book to find sources.

Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right

Giving divine right to the American people through rhetoric, which established the United States as, in some cases, the new Israel, or very often as the Promise Land for the Chosen, meant that there could be no earthly limitations on the exercise of such right.

Enlightenment thought of natural law and duty heavily influenced this ideology.

Preview — Manifest Destiny by Anders Stephanson. Summary When John O’Sullivan wrote in” Anakaren Thompson rated it really liked it May 18, Lists with This Book.

Starting in the s Americans looked west to find new opportunity. Because of American exceptionalism, nationalism emerged. The dude does the same thing. Article PDF first page preview. Hill and Wang, Kinley Brauer; Manifest Destiny: My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Manifest Destiny: American Expansion and the Empire of Right by Anders Stephanson

The author drops words and phrases like “continentalism,” “discursive frame,” communitarian consolidation,” and–my favorite–“destinarian thinking” in a sort of verbal carpet bombing of the text. This book is good for learning the basics about manifest destiny, but the writing is very dry.


Want to Read saving…. The result is a remarkable and necessary book about how faith in divinely ordained expansionism has marked the course of American history. Moreover, since the majority of Americans in this era subscribed to Christian religion, what better way to rationalize actions than to say it was the hand of God?

Problems with this work are founded in its format. With all of that said, the book manages to complete what it sets out to do. Be the first to add this to a list.

While there were several ideologies and frameworks to select from during the era, all of them led to the same conclusion- America was exceptional destony the Anglo race was to spread that exceptionalism as far as it could to the west. Then set up a personal list of libraries from your profile page by clicking on your user name at the top right of any screen.