This is the first in a two-volume project in
which Kagan lays out his argument that America is not, and never
has been, isolationist. Taking us from the "Pilgrim Fathers" up
to the dawn of the Twentieth Century, Kagan lays out his
position clearly and eloquently. The question is, will his
opinion be a surprise to you? The answer is probably yes if your
knowledge of American history is still grounded in the black and
white history taught in middle-school; but probably no if you're
not American or have read books on similar themes such as Niall
Ferguson's Colossus or Cornel West's Democracy Matters
(both published in 2004).
Kagan breaks down the "pervasive myth" of isolationism starting with the arrival of the Puritans. He points out that the Puritans did not plan to cut themselves off permanently from ...
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