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作者 Gobat, Michel, author
書名 Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America / Michel Gobat
出版項 Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England : Harvard University Press, 2018
國際標準書號 9780674737495 (alk. paper)
book jacket
館藏地 索書號 處理狀態 OPAC 訊息 條碼
 人文社會聯圖  F1526.27 .G625 2018    在架上    30610020573937
說明 367 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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附註 "Michel Gobat traces the untold story of the rise and fall of the first U.S. overseas empire to William Walker, a believer in the nation's manifest destiny to spread its blessings not only westward but abroad as well. In the 1850s Walker and a small group of U.S. expansionists migrated to Nicaragua determined to forge a tropical "empire of liberty." His quest to free Central American masses from allegedly despotic elites initially enjoyed strong local support from liberal Nicaraguans who hoped U.S.-style democracy and progress would spread across the land. As Walker's group of "filibusters" proceeded to help Nicaraguans battle the ruling conservatives, their seizure of power electrified the U.S. public and attracted some 12,000 colonists, including moral reformers. But what began with promises of liberation devolved into a reign of terror. After two years, Walker was driven out. Nicaraguans' initial embrace of Walker complicates assumptions about U.S. imperialism. Empire by Invitation refuses to place Walker among American slaveholders who sought to extend human bondage southward. Instead, Walker and his followers, most of whom were Northerners, must be understood as liberals and democracy promoters. Their ambition was to establish a democratic state by force. Much like their successors in liberal-internationalist and neoconservative foreign policy circles a century later in Washington, D.C., Walker and his fellow imperialists inspired a global anti-U.S. backlash. Fear of a "northern colossus" precipitated a hemispheric alliance against the United States and gave birth to the idea of Latin America"-- Provided by publisher
Includes bibliographical references (pages 297-352) and index
Introduction: The question of questions -- "The apple in our Eden" -- Embracing the filibusters -- "Walker is the United States" -- The colonizers -- Imagined empire -- Creating a filibuster state -- The promise of development -- Filibuster revolution -- The fall
主題 Walker, William, 1824-1860
Filibusters -- Nicaragua -- History
Manifest Destiny
Nicaragua -- History -- Filibuster War, 1855-1860
Democratization -- Nicaragua -- History
United States -- Relations -- Nicaragua
United States -- Relations -- Central America
Nicaragua -- Relations -- United States
Central America -- Relations -- United States
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