Franklin D. Roosevelt and America’s empire of anti-imperialism
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At the heart of the modern world order, one that has for the most part been shaped and maintained by the United States, lies a paradox between empire and anti-imperialism. At the heart of that paradox sits the enigmatic figure of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt's attitude towards empire was similar to his view of concentrated wealth and industrial power. Whether his views on political economy informed or even shaped his views of imperialism is uncertain, but the similarity between them is striking. In both cases, Roosevelt criticized the exercise of power and control as a form of subjugation of the weak and powerless by a small cabal of elites. Rhetorically, the image of big business as imperial helped Roosevelt construct ideological and political support for the New Deal.

Rhetorics of empire

Languages of colonial conflict after 1900


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