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Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic

Charles N. Edel
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Language
English
Variant Title
John Quincy Adams and the grand strategy of the republic
ISBN
9780674368088, 0674368088
Summary
America's rise from a confederation of revolutionary colonies to a world power is often seen as inevitable, but Charles N. Edel's provocative biography argues that Adams served as the central architect of a grand strategy that shaped America's rise. Adams's particular combination of ideas and policies made him a critical link between the founding generation and the Civil War-era nation of Lincoln. Examining Adams's service as senator, diplomat, secretary of state, president, and congressman, Edel's study reveals a brilliant but stubborn man who was both visionary prophet and hard-nosed politician. Adams's ambitions on behalf of America's interests, combined with a shrewd understanding of how to counter the threats arrayed against them, allowed him to craft a multitiered policy to insulate the nation from European quarrels, expand U.S. territory, harness natural resources, develop domestic infrastructure, education, and commerce, and transform the United States into a model of progress and liberty respected throughout the world.--From publisher description.
Contents
  • The fires of honorable ambition : the education of John Quincy Adams
  • Clans and tribes at eternal war : European diplomacy and American politics
  • In search of monsters to destroy : the extent and limits of American power
  • The spirit of improvement : economic and moral development
  • A stain upon the character of the nation : the fight against slavery
  • The influence of our example : the legacy of John Quincy Adams.
Description
392 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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