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Into New Territory

American Historians and the Concept of US Imperialism

James G. Morgan

Publication Year: 2014

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Editorial Board, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-xii

...Southampton. It was Kendrick’s undergraduate seminars on the Vietnam War that initially sparked my interest in American history; it was also Kendrick’s tutelage, help, and advice through...

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pp. 1-8

...Students for a Democratic Society) in November 1968. Distributed at the University of Wisconsin (UW), the year after violent clashes between the police and student antiwar protestors, they became a clarion...

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1. The Paradigm of Denial

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pp. 9-31

...The overwhelming majority of academics rallied behind the flag, believing that intellectual cohesion would promote national unity and help the war effort. This in itself was not unusual. After all, academics had also supported government policy during the Great...

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2. Pushing the Boundaries

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pp. 32-57

...defection of prominent intellectuals to government ranks. As a result, observers have concluded that “the mutually exclusive lines between government policymaking and intellectual discourse became...

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3. Madison as a Melting Pot

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pp. 58-77

...University of Wisconsin’s intellectual heritage, recognizing the distinguished but somewhat unconventional scholars who taught history at UW during the 1950s and 1960s, and appreciating...

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4. Williams and the Wisconsin Critique

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pp. 78-116

...wane. But neither the contemporary intellectual vogue nor the potential ramifications of expressing leftist hypotheses seemed to deter William Appleman Williams from attacking US foreign policy...

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5. The Wisconsin Interpretation Expanded

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pp. 117-150

...uncertainty. The civil rights movement and the war in Vietnam arguably polarized the nation to levels not witnessed since the Civil War. As television, newspapers, and radio bulletins carried news of violence on campuses...

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6. The Student Radicals

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pp. 151-169

...has faced all historians studying the American left during the Vietnam War: “The task of developing a deeper understanding of the New Left and its place in American cultural history has been impeded by the lack of consensus...

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7. The New Left Intellectuals

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pp. 170-209

...example, contained several serious intellectuals who discussed US imperialism during the Vietnam War. At the start of the decade, domestic dissent against American expansion was rare—and when it did surface...

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pp. 210-222

...Williams therefore became an intellectual pariah. This made him a hero in the eyes of the antiwar movement, but his perceived association with the New Left made it easier for detractors to criticize his work...


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pp. 223-246


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pp. 247-258


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pp. 259-266

Series Page

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pp. 267-269

E-ISBN-13: 9780299300432
E-ISBN-10: 0299300439
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299300449
Print-ISBN-10: 0299300447

Page Count: 282
Publication Year: 2014

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Subject Headings

  • Williams, William Appleman.
  • United States -- Territorial expansion -- Historiography.
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Historiography.
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Philosophy -- Historiography.
  • Imperialism -- Historiography.
  • Historians -- United States.
  • Historians -- Wisconsin.
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