No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 (Paperback)
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No Higher Law: American Foreign Policy and the Western Hemisphere since 1776 (Paperback)

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Dismantling the myths of United States isolationism and exceptionalism, No Higher Law is a sweeping history and analysis of American policy toward the Western Hemisphere and Latin America from independence to the present. From the nation's earliest days, argues Brian Loveman, U.S. leaders viewed and treated Latin America as a crucible in which to test foreign policy and from which to expand American global influence. Loveman demonstrates how the main doctrines and policies adopted for the Western Hemisphere were exported, with modifications, to other world regions as the United States pursued its self-defined global mission.

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
ISBN: 9780807872659
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 798 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 33 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Meticulously traces US activity in the Americas from 1776 up to the Obama administration. Loveman wields an extensive array of secondary and published primary sources on US foreign policy.--Latin American Research Review


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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