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America and the World

Francis D. Cogliano

in Thomas Jefferson

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624997
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624997.003.0009
America and the World

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Jefferson vision was premised on an assumption that the American Revolution had initiated a global republican movement—which found expression in the French Revolution and the Latin American independence movements. This chapter examines Jefferson's understanding of international relations and the place of the United States in a new, republican, global order. It traces the treatment of the subject by historians. Unlike other areas of Jefferson's legacy—such as slavery—where broad historiographical shifts can be observed, there is little agreement among historians about the means and ends that Jefferson pursued in international relations during his presidency.

Keywords: Thomas Jefferson; International relations; French Revolution; Louisiana Purchase (1803); Latin America

Chapter.  11807 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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