The Monroe Doctrine: Empire And Nation In Nineteenth-Century America

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INTRODUCTION In the Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America, Jay Sexton looked at an important piece of work written by James Monroe, which still plays an important role on American Diplomacy even unto the 20th Century. The major message of the Monroe doctrine shows United States’ insecurities and their passion. It shows their doubt of Great Britain and feared to be recolonized by that great nation, and the expansionist of United States’ ambition in having political independence through the unity of the nation. This doctrine reflects how foreign affairs could affect a nation greatly through internal conflicts and externally threats from greater nations. SUMMARY The Monroe Doctrine represents the mindset of the Americans…show more content…
Sexton successfully showed the intention of the Americans while they were writing the Monroe Doctrine. “This juxtaposition of anticolonial ambitions and imperial actions was characteristic of the first century of the Monroe Doctrine.” (243) The Monroe Doctrine was first inspired by the anticolonial ambition and imperial actions of the Americans. Their fear of British colonization and their ambition of expansion structured the foundation of the Monroe Doctrine. However many different interpretation branches out the doctrine throughout time, some even controvert the other. CONCLUSION The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America, provides a different insight of the document. Most people view this doctrine as a warning the Americans wrote to claim independence. Yet this book provides a whole new view of the document. This book related the Monroe Doctrine to the social events happening during that time. It revealed the relations between America and British and showed their common interest in preventing the re-conquest of Latin America. It shows how this doctrine reflects the affect of foreign affairs to American internally and
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