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State and People the American Revolution

David Armstrong

in Revolution and World Order

Published in print June 1993 | ISBN: 9780198275282
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598739 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198275285.003.0003
 State and People the American Revolution

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While there are important differences between the American Revolution and other revolutions, there are also some striking similarities. The basic ideas of the American outlook on international affairs emerged in the hundred years before the revolution. Central amongst these ideas was the need to build and secure a republic in North America. A fundamental debate took place after the revolution between the different views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as to the most appropriate American posture towards the rest of the world. The essential elements in this debate have continued to affect the US foreign policy.

Keywords: American revolution; foreign policy; Alexander Hamilton; international affairs; Thomas Jefferson; republic; USA

Chapter.  14838 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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