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2. The War of 1898 and the Imperialist Burst
About this Lecture
In this module, we turn to examine the war itself and how it symbolised the victory of pro-imperialist arguments in the United States. The war was a war of contrasts - with the US fighting on behalf of Cuban revolutionaries in Cuba, and against Philippine revolutionaries in the Philippines. The war presented the US with a number of questions regarding its role in the world, including how best to deal with these territories after victory. Fundamentally, the war undermined imperialist arguments in the US as support for imperialism quickly subsided.
In this course, Professor Jay Sexton (University of Missouri) explains the effects of the War of 1898 on the United States. We start by introducing the period as a whole and discussing the nomenclature of the topic. We then turn to examine the war itself and how it symbolised the victory of pro-imperialist arguments in the United States. After this, we turn to examine the aftermath and consequences of the war on three regions: (i) the Philippines; (ii) China; and (iii) the Caribbean.
Jay Sexton is the Rich and Nancy Kinder Chair of Constitutional Democracy and Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He is also a former Director of the Rothermere American Institute (RAI), a Distinguished Fellow of the RAI and an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He specialises in the political and economic history of the nineteenth century and has written a number of books including A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History, Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873, and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.
Cite this Lecture
Sexton, J. (2022, January 11). US History – The War of 1898 - The War of 1898 and the Imperialist Burst [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://massolit.io/courses/us-history-the-war-of-1898/the-war-of-1898-and-the-imperialist-burst
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