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The Resource Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America, Michel Gobat

Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America, Michel Gobat

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Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America
Title
Empire by invitation
Title remainder
William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America
Statement of responsibility
Michel Gobat
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Michel Gobat traces the untold story of the rise and fall of the first U.S. overseas empire to William Walker, a believer in the nation's manifest destiny to spread its blessings not only westward but abroad as well. In the 1850s Walker and a small group of U.S. expansionists migrated to Nicaragua determined to forge a tropical "empire of liberty." His quest to free Central American masses from allegedly despotic elites initially enjoyed strong local support from liberal Nicaraguans who hoped U.S.-style democracy and progress would spread across the land. As Walker's group of "filibusters" proceeded to help Nicaraguans battle the ruling conservatives, their seizure of power electrified the U.S. public and attracted some 12,000 colonists, including moral reformers. But what began with promises of liberation devolved into a reign of terror. After two years, Walker was driven out. Nicaraguans' initial embrace of Walker complicates assumptions about U.S. imperialism. Empire by Invitation refuses to place Walker among American slaveholders who sought to extend human bondage southward. Instead, Walker and his followers, most of whom were Northerners, must be understood as liberals and democracy promoters. Their ambition was to establish a democratic state by force. Much like their successors in liberal-internationalist and neoconservative foreign policy circles a century later in Washington, D.C., Walker and his fellow imperialists inspired a global anti-U.S. backlash. Fear of a "northern colossus" precipitated a hemispheric alliance against the United States and gave birth to the idea of Latin America.--
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Gobat, Michel
Dewey number
327.730728509034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Walker, William
  • Filibusters
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Democratization
  • Nicaragua
  • United States
  • United States
  • Nicaragua
  • Central America
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Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America, Michel Gobat
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- "The apple in our Eden" -- Inviting the filibusters -- "Walker is the United States" -- The colonists -- Imagined empire -- Creating a filibuster state -- The promise of development -- Filibuster revolution -- The fall -- Epilogue
Control code
on1002819992
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780674737495
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
14774847
System control number
(OCoLC)1002819992
Label
Empire by invitation : William Walker and Manifest Destiny in Central America, Michel Gobat
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- "The apple in our Eden" -- Inviting the filibusters -- "Walker is the United States" -- The colonists -- Imagined empire -- Creating a filibuster state -- The promise of development -- Filibuster revolution -- The fall -- Epilogue
Control code
on1002819992
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
367 pages
Isbn
9780674737495
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Stock number
14774847
System control number
(OCoLC)1002819992

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