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Twilight of the Republic – Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition - Kentucky Scholarship Online
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Twilight of the Republic: Empire and Exceptionalism in the American Political Tradition

Justin B. Litke


Taking issue with the way scholarship on American exceptionalism has been conducted for the past few decades, Litke argues that examining the term and idea reveals a profound shift in Americans’ self-conception since the Puritan and founding periods. The dominant social scientific approach to the topic has missed, he argues, the chief elements of its importance to Americans as citizens, namely the reasons America might be unique in the world or in history and what practical ramifications such uniqueness might have for its conduct both at home and abroad. “Imperial American exceptionalism” is t ... More

Keywords: American exceptionalism, American political tradition, imperialism, Puritans, founders, framers, Civil War, Abraham Lincoln, Progressives

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780813142203
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813142203.001.0001


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Justin B. Litke, author

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