Exporting the Revolution

Exporting the Revolution This essay explores the connections between Paine’s international thought and the theory of liberal internationalism in the field of Political Science. Paine was first to provide a coherent theory of how democracy, free trade, and limited military spending would promote both peace and prosperity. One troubling inconsistency in Paine’s liberal internationalism rests in his advocacy for both small military budgets and active military intervention to spread democracy. By comparing Paine’s divergent views regarding democracy promotion and intervention in Louisiana and in England, we emerge with a far more nuanced understanding of Paine’s promotion of democracy. I argue that Paine’s vision for active military interventionism is not inconsistent with a small military. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Early American History Brill

Exporting the Revolution

Journal of Early American History, Volume 6 (2-3): 152 – Nov 16, 2016

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2016 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Thomas Paine, A Transatlantic Republican Between Two Revolutions
ISSN
1877-0223
eISSN
1877-0703
D.O.I.
10.1163/18770703-00603010
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Abstract

This essay explores the connections between Paine’s international thought and the theory of liberal internationalism in the field of Political Science. Paine was first to provide a coherent theory of how democracy, free trade, and limited military spending would promote both peace and prosperity. One troubling inconsistency in Paine’s liberal internationalism rests in his advocacy for both small military budgets and active military intervention to spread democracy. By comparing Paine’s divergent views regarding democracy promotion and intervention in Louisiana and in England, we emerge with a far more nuanced understanding of Paine’s promotion of democracy. I argue that Paine’s vision for active military interventionism is not inconsistent with a small military.

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Journal of Early American HistoryBrill

Published: Nov 16, 2016

Keywords: free trade; peace; war; military interventions; liberal internationalism

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