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Revolution and World OrderThe Revolutionary State in International Society$
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David Armstrong

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198275282

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198275285.001.0001

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State and People the American Revolution

State and People the American Revolution

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(p.42) 2 State and People the American Revolution
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Revolution and World Order
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DOI:10.1093/0198275285.003.0003

While there are important differences between the American Revolution and other revolutions, there are also some striking similarities. The basic ideas of the American outlook on international affairs emerged in the hundred years before the revolution. Central amongst these ideas was the need to build and secure a republic in North America. A fundamental debate took place after the revolution between the different views of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson as to the most appropriate American posture towards the rest of the world. The essential elements in this debate have continued to affect the US foreign policy.

Keywords:   American revolution, foreign policy, Alexander Hamilton, international affairs, Thomas Jefferson, republic, USA

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