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Ernest Tuveson here shows that the idea of the redemptive mission which has motivated so much of the United States foreign policy is as old as the Republic itself. He traces the development of this element of the American heritage from its beginning as a literal interpretation of biblical prophecies. Pointing to the application of the millenarian ideal to successive stages of American history, notably apocalyptic events like the Civil War, Tuveson illustrates its pervasive cultural influences with examples from the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Timothy Dwight, and Julia Ward Howe, among others.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226819211
ISBN-10: 0226819213
Format: Paperback
(227mm x 150mm x 15mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Feb-1980
Country of Publication: United States

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