Manifest Destiny: A Study of Nationalist Expansionism in American History

Manifest Destiny: A Study of Nationalist Expansionism in American History

Manifest Destiny: A Study of Nationalist Expansionism in American History

Manifest Destiny: A Study of Nationalist Expansionism in American History

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The writer takes pleasure in acknowledging the assistance which he has received in the preparation of this work. He is greatly indebted to Professor Arthur O. Lovejoy, of The Johns Hopkins University, not merely for criticism of his manuscript but also for past instruction which largely stimulated this application of methods of ideological analysis to political attitudes. He is also deeply in debt to Professor Kent Roberts Greenfield and Associate Professor William Stull Holt, of the Department of History, The Johns Hopkins University, for abundant encouragement, advice, and criticism. Mr. James Bunyan has given generously of his time and knowledge in editing the manuscript. The writer's wife has been an indispenasble helper in all stages of the work.

Valuable assistance was received from members of the Page School of International Relations, including Professor Frederick Sherwood Dunn, Professor Gilbert Chinard, and Dr. Ernest B. Price. It is only fair to state, however, that this assistance was directed toward the more effective development of the writer's own ideas rather than toward the presentation of views common to the members of an institution. A study having to do with highly controversial issues of political history and morals demands treatment from an individual point of view; thus the errors or prejudices which may be in the following pages are the author's own. This book owes its existence fundamentally to the fact that the Page School not merely permits such individualism in research but apparently encourages investigators who wander somewhat from the most beaten tracks of study in order to attempt -- what is as intriguing as it is precarious-- exploration of the complex motives of international behavior.

ALBERT K. WEINBERG

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