An Alien Power

in Restless Nation

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780226394787
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226394732 | DOI:
An Alien Power

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Even though European rulers established American colonies as part of their newfound power, they remained an alien, external spur (and later hindrance) rather than an integral, even defining, component of the new societies. Their rule was easily seen as artificial and false, imposed from the outside rather than grown from within. Rather than parading in carriages through the streets, the rulers lived in palaces three thousand miles away and never visited their colonies. More important were the expectations of colonists, who hoped to avoid strong governments. Even today other countries refer to their government as the state, a word that implies a coherence and purpose, but Americans prefer the word government, a more amorphous image.

Keywords: alien power; new societies; American colonies; European rulers; state; government

Chapter.  12539 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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