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Outside InThe Transnational Circuitry of US History$
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Andrew Preston and Doug Rossinow

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190459840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190459840.001.0001

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The Monroe Doctrine in the Nineteenth Century

The Monroe Doctrine in the Nineteenth Century

(p.19) 1 The Monroe Doctrine in the Nineteenth Century
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Jay Sexton

Oxford University Press

The Monroe Doctrine reveals how nineteenth-century statecraft was the product of both internal and external processes and pressures. This chapter advances two arguments. First, it positions itself within the union in order to look out at the wider world through the prism of the Monroe Doctrine. The picture that emerges here is one in which internal forces and anxieties conditioned the worldview and policymaking of US statesmen, from John Quincy Adams to Theodore Roosevelt, from the era of the Holy Allies and British imperial predominance to the era of U.S. imperialism. Second, it steps outside of the United States to look back at the Doctrine. This perspective reveals how international contexts and forms of diplomacy profoundly shaped this allegedly unique national doctrine of foreign policy, which in due course circulated around the globe and took on a transnational life of its own.

Keywords:   Monroe Doctrine, US imperialism, Holy Allies, Theodore Roosevelt, John Quincy Adams

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