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Listening to the Better Angels of Our Nature:

Ethnicity, Self-Determination, and


the American Empire
By
David Steven Cohen

2012-2016

The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every


battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and
hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus
of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by
the better angels of our nature.
Abraham Lincoln
First Inaugural Address
March 1, 1861

Table of Contents
Introduction The War on Terror
PART ONE ANTI-COLONIAL IMPERIALISM
Chapter One Mr. Jeffersons Declaration
Chapter Two Empire at Birth
Chapter Three Washingtons Warning
Chapter Four A Doctrine for the Hemisphere
Chapter Five Our Destiny Becomes Manifest
Chapter Six The Closed Frontier and the Open Door
PART TWO POPULAR SOVEREIGNTY, CONQUEST, AND NATIONALISM
Chapter Seven American Secession
Chapter Eight Native-American Revitalization
Chapter Nine African-American Nationalism
Chapter Ten American Irredentists
PART THREE EMPIRE AND ETHNICITY
Chapter Eleven Baltic Battles
Chapter Twelve From the Silk Road to the Mughal Empire
Part 1 Genghis Khan and His Descendants
Part 2 Tamerlane and His Descendants
Chapter Thirteen The Jewel in the Crown
Part 1 The British East India Company and the Raj
Part 2 The Great Game

Chapter Fourteen The Scramble for Africa


Part 1 The Slave Trade and the Search for Timbuktu
Part 2 The Colossus in the Cape
Part 3 Into the Heart of Darkness
Chapter Fifteen The Fate of the Caliphate
Part 1 Byzantium and the Ottomans
Part 2 The Balkans
Part 3 The Crimean War and Its Aftermath
Chapter Sixteen The Rise and Fall of the House of Hapsburg
Chapter Seventeen Woodrow Wilson: Imperialism and SelfDetermination
Chapter Eighteen Mapping and Remapping the Arab World
Part One Mapping
Part Two Remapping
Chapter Nineteen The Chosen People and the Promised Land
PART FOUR WORLD WAR TWO RECONSIDERED
Chapter Twenty The Blood Libel and the Wandering Jew
Chapter Twenty-One Mussolinis Mediterranean Empire
Chapter Twenty-Two - The German Question
Chapter Twenty-Three Japan Also Rises
Chapter Twenty-Four Partitioning the Holy Land

PART FIVE COMMUNISM AND COLONIALISM

Chapter Twenty-Five Soviet Ethnic Policies


Part One Under Lenin
Part Two Under Stalin
Chapter Twenty-Six FDRs Dilemma
Chapter Twenty-Seven China, Korea, and Indochina
Part One China Turns Red
Part Two The Police Action in Korea
Part Three The Conflict in Vietnam
Part Four Nixon in China; Kissinger in Paris
Chapter Twenty-Eight Dividing the Subcontinent
Part One Punjab, Kashmir, and Balochistan
Part Two - Pashtunistan
Chapter Twenty-Nine The Jewish State, Arab Nationalism, and the
Sinai
Part One- The Jewish State
Part Two- Arab Nationalism
Part Three The Sinai
Chapter Thirty National Liberation in Asia
Chapter Thirty-One Post-Colonial Africa
Chapter Thirty-Two Yankee Go Home
Chapter Thirty-Three Soviet Disunion
Part One The Baltics, Belarus, and Ukraine
Part Two The Caucasus and Central Asia
PART SIX THE CHALLENGE OF ISLAMISM

Chapter Thirty-Four Balkanization in the Balkans


Chapter Thirty-Five Islamism in Africa
Part 1 - East Africa and the Horn
Part 2 Egypt and Libya
Chapter Thirty-Six The Emergence of Palestinian Identity
Part 1 Arafat, the Fatah, and the PLO
Part 2 The Settlement Movement, Hamas, and the Palestinian
Jihadists
Chapter Thirty-Seven Sunni Against Shia
Part 1 Iraq
Part 2 - Iran
Part 3 Syria
Part 4 - Lebanon
Chapter Thirty-Eight The Taliban
Chapter Thirty-Nine Russias Near Abroad
Conclusion The Obama Doctrine