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The American Union and the Problem of Neighborhood: The United States and the Collapse of the Spanish Empire, 1783-1829 James E. Lewis Jr.

The American Union and the Problem of Neighborhood: The United States and the Collapse of the Spanish Empire, 1783-1829

James E. Lewis Jr.

Published September 21st 1998
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320 pages
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In this book, James Lewis demonstrates the centrality of Americanideas about and concern for the union of the states in thepolicymaking of the early republic. For four decades after thenations founding in the 1780s, he says, this focus on securing aMoreIn this book, James Lewis demonstrates the centrality of Americanideas about and concern for the union of the states in thepolicymaking of the early republic. For four decades after thenations founding in the 1780s, he says, this focus on securing aunion operated to blur the line between foreign policies anddomestic concerns. Such leading policymakers as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, John Quincy Adams, and Henry Clay worried about the challenges to the goals of the Revolution that would arise from a hostile neighborhood--whether composed of new nations outside the union or the existing states following a division of the union.At the center of Lewiss story is the American response tothe dissolution of Spains empire in the New World, from thetransfer of Louisiana to France in 1800 to the independence ofSpains mainland colonies in the 1820s. The breakup of theSpanish empire, he argues, presented a series of crises for theunionist logic of American policymakers, leading them, finally,to abandon a crucial element of the distinctly American approachto international relations embodied in their own federal union.