The Western Hemisphere Idea: Its Rise and Decline

The Western Hemisphere Idea: Its Rise and Decline

The Western Hemisphere Idea: Its Rise and Decline

The Western Hemisphere Idea: Its Rise and Decline

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The eight essays which follow are in the main identical with the eight Commonwealth Foundation Lectures that I gave at University College, London, in January and February 1953. I have, however, made a good many changes in matters of detail, partly by way of clarification and correction and partly in order to domesticate the foreign lectures and put them in a form more suitable for publication. Among other things, I have added footnote citations and a list of the works cited. These serve the twofold purpose of acknowledging my indebtedness for direct quotations and major facts and ideas and of providing the interested reader with a few signposts to the literature of the subject.

The body of this literature is massive, for these eight essays deal with key developments in the history of an important idea over a long period of time and in a large geographical area. The period extends from the eighteenth century, when the idea took shape, to the mid-twentieth century, by which . . .

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