IMPERIAL DEMOCRACY: The Emergence of America as a great Power by Ernest R. May

IMPERIAL DEMOCRACY: The Emergence of America as a great Power

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Probably the broadest and most interesting account of American imperialism and the Spanish-American War we have had in many years. This book deals with a period of five years: 1893-1898. During these years the American government did not throw itself into competition for colonies, economic concessions, and emblems of international status; it dealt with the issue of Cuba according to its judgment of domestic conditions and of abstract morality. An introductory chapter sets out the historic reasons for the United States' emergence as a great power in World War I. This is followed by a chapter reviewing the 1893 Hawaiian imperialist movement, the Gladstonism excited by disturbances in China and Armenia, and the Venezuelan-British Guianan dispute in 1895. We are then given a systematic discussion of the Spanish-American War: the Cuban revolution, the division in American public opinion on the question of American intervention, the United States' entry into war and its victory, Europe's response to the emergence of America as a power. A scholarly study especially worth-while for the student and historian.

Publisher: Harcourt, Brace & World