No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 (Paperback)Brian Loveman (author)
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No Higher Law reveals the interplay of domestic politics and international circumstances that shaped key American foreign policies from U.S. independence to the first decade of the twenty-first century. This revisionist view considers the impact of slavery, racism, ethnic cleansing against Native Americans, debates on immigration, trade and tariffs, the historical growth of the military-industrial complex, and political corruption as critical dimensions of American politics and foreign policy.
Concluding with an epilogue on the Obama administration, Loveman weaves together the complex history of U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy to achieve a broader historical understanding of American expansionism, militarism, imperialism, and global ambitions as well as novel insights into the challenges facing American policymakers at the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 798 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
Edition: New edition
Rightly calls attention to the international perspective of US diplomacy, and decries the stale arguments that the US was an isolationist power throughout a good portion of its history. . . . For readers interested in a more ideological interpretation. Recommended.--Choice
This work allows scholars to consider a new paradigm about U.S. foreign policy.--Bulletin of Latin American Research
No Higher Law could be used as a textbook in an upper-division course, with its evocative illustrations, useful maps, and informative tables and graphs.--The Journal of American History
Loveman's work is valuable.--Journal of American Studies
[An] excellent and candid revisionist history of US relations with Latin America. . . . Elegant and courageous.--Latin American Review of Books
No Higher Law is a worthy addition to the already bulging shelf of surveys of U.S.--Latin American relations.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
A thorough examination of US foreign policy in the Americas from the founding of the United States to the present.--Hispanic American Historical Review
This provocative book examining the impact of U.S.-Latin American relations on the evolution of American foreign policy has the air of a lifetime achievement, born from decades of extensive reading, writing, and squirreling away data for future use. Although many single-volume histories of hemispheric relations exist, this one possesses a richness of detail that cannot fail to impress and enlighten even the most seasoned specialist.--Pacific Historical Review
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