POLS2221 Lecture 3 Notes

POLS2221 Lecture 3 Notes - Lecture Three: Manifest Destiny;...

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Unformatted text preview: Lecture Three: Manifest Destiny; Contents & Discontents Trail Today Manifest Destiny as the confluence of the religious and the secular The Monroe Doctrine Benevolent intervention World order in 1914 This lecture rests on two premises... Premise One The great majority of US actions are persistently seen as grounded on hegemonic national presumptions that are often combined in universalist tone Belief in timeless relevance of the US Revolution in general and the Founders in particular Premise Two Nationalism is a fervid prepossession, because, In a world limited in terrestrial space, the means required for its realization of nationalism is seldom compatible with respect for alien rights. This end, territorial expansion, a national aggrandizement tends to lessen international amity and peace Excerpt from ALBERT WEINBERG (1935 ) MANIFEST DESTINY; A STUDY OF NATIONALIST EXPANSIONISM IN AMERICAN HISTORY Excerpt from ALBERT WEINBERG (1935 ) MANIFEST DESTINY; A STUDY OF NATIONALIST EXPANSIONISM IN AMERICAN HISTORY We, Americans, are the Peculiar Chosen People The Israel of our time. We bear the ark of the liberties of the world (H. Melville) Promised Land imagery: New Jerusalem, the city on the hill Colonising the New World: A divinely-ordained mission A state-sanctioned might, and its ideology Transcendental or instrumental God Manifest Destiny Dual Nature Destiny has both a material and a metaphysical meaning Entrusted with a mission: Manifest has also a secular and a religious meaning A complex set of beliefs about race, culture, religion, and economic necessity Westward The Course of Empire Takes its Way Religious Manifest Destiny Evidence of destiny: Conquest as a pre- ordained divine right Continent allotted by Providence...
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POLS2221 Lecture 3 Notes - Lecture Three: Manifest Destiny;...

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