History 308--first paper assignment.

7 pages or so, typed and double space with a reasonable-size font (not something like this). Due in class on 10/16, or any time thereafter before December the 23rd.


1.) The term "anti-imperialism" has obviously come up a lot in this course. But beyond the most general definition of opposing armed conquest of another state or people, what has "anti-imperialism" actually meant in American history? And has that meaning changed over time? Compare and contrast anti-imperialist thought from the 1850s, using either John Hale or Jacob Collamer as your guide, with anti-imperialism from the turn of the century, focused on either George Hoar or Isidor Rayner.

2.) One historian has described the central tension of American foreign policy as a tension between nationalism and internationalism. How would such an approach apply to Latin America--and in particular, what do the terms internationalism and nationalism mean in the inter-American context? If you accept the fact that internationalism, as defined by Peggy Liss, established the initial framework for inter-American relations, was internationalism ever successfully beaten back? Begin with a detailed discussion of the Liss argument, and then discuss the nationalist challenges, ranging from John O'Sullivan's Manifest Destiny to the alternative views of the Monroe Doctrine expressed by Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge.


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