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By John H. Elliott

This epic historical past compares the empires equipped by way of Spain and Britain within the Americas, from Columbus’s arrival within the New international to the top of Spanish colonial rule within the early 19th century. J. H. Elliott, probably the most exotic and flexible historians operating at the present time, deals us background on a grand scale, contrasting the worlds outfitted by way of Britain and by way of Spain at the ruins of the civilizations they encountered and destroyed in North and South America.
Elliott identifies and explains either the similarities and changes within the empires’ methods of colonization, the nature in their colonial societies, their unique types of imperial govt, and the independence events fixed opposed to them. in accordance with large analyzing within the background of the 2 nice Atlantic civilizations, the e-book units the Spanish and British colonial empires within the context in their personal instances and provides us insights into elements of this twin historical past that also impact the Americas.

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Thus we should strive to lead by example rather than force, and provide a model for the world that other peoples will wish to follow. We do no one any good by bankrupting ourselves. Richard Cobden was a nineteenth-century British statesman who opposed all of his government’s foreign interventions. In those days, though, people understood the philosophy of nonintervention much better than they do today, and no one was silly enough to brand Cobden an isolationist. He was known instead, appropriately enough, as the International Man.

Ever since then, no libertarian or traditional conservative I am aware of has had anything but contempt for the utopian Wilson. The mainstream Left of his day was largely disillusioned by the outcome, having hoped for a more just peace, and genuine progressives like Robert La Follette, Randolph Bourne, and Jane Addams had opposed the war from the beginning. That essentially leaves a smattering of neoconservatives today as Wilson’s remaining defenders. But here was a historical lesson to learn if there ever was one.

S. Copyright Act of 1976, no part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, or stored in a database or retrieval system, without the prior written permission of the publisher. com. First eBook Edition: April 2008 Grand Central Publishing is a division of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. The Grand Central Publishing name and logo is a trademark of Hachette Book Group USA, Inc. ISBN: 978-0-446-54035-3 Contents Preface 1. The False Choices of American Politics 2.

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