Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson by Robert W. Tucker
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Your reader barcode: Your last name:. Cite this Email this Add to favourites Print this page. You must be logged in to Tag Records. By Robert W. Tucker and David C. New York:. Oxford University Press. Few American Presidents are held in higher esteem than Thomas Jefferson. Though historians have scrutinized every phase of his long public career and found him wanting in a number of respects, he holds an unshakable place in the pantheon of American heroes.
Kennedy told a group of Nobel laureates, ''with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone. In ''Empire of Liberty,'' Robert W. Hendrickson, an associate professor of political science at Colorado College, have reassessed Jefferson's ideas and his impact on American foreign policy from his day to ours. They have written an excellent book that is the best succinct account of Jefferson's foreign policy and a superb primer for understanding America's response to the outside world.
Empire of Liberty: The Statecraft of Thomas Jefferson
The Jefferson that the authors portray was a man of many contradictions. He consistently opposed what 18th-century European diplomats called ''reason of state'': the proposition that the survival of the state was the greatest good and that actions transcending law and ordinary morality were legitimate means to this end.
Jefferson wanted no part of the external politics and wars that could give rise to expanded government power and limits on individual freedom. He preferred domestic to foreign policy - the protection of liberty at home rather than national security struggles abroad. Yet Jefferson's foreign policy goals and actions ran counter to his most fundamental beliefs. To secure the internal freedoms he held so dear, he considered it essential for the United States to establish an ''empire of liberty,'' vast tracts of land that could assure the predominance of an agricultural society.
But to gain that empire and free trade as well, which would give farmers a ready outlet for surplus produce, Jefferson resorted to the ''reason of state'' he considered inimical to American freedoms. From the Back Cover : This work examines Jefferson's legacy for American foreign policy in the light of several critical themes which continue to be highly significant today: the struggle between isolationists and interventionists, the historic ambivalence over the nation's role as a crusader for liberty, and the relationship between democracy and peace. Buy New View Book. Other Popular Editions of the Same Title.
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