Justifying Empire: Pericles, Polk, and a Dilemma of Democratic Leadership

  title={Justifying Empire: Pericles, Polk, and a Dilemma of Democratic Leadership},
  author={Ronald Calvin Lee},
  pages={503 - 531}
  • R. Lee
  • Published 2002
  • Political Science
  • Polity
Democratic justifications of empire reveal a tension between the demands of the national interest and those of justice that democratic leaders must always face in their conduct of foreign policy. The imperialism of Periclean Athens and the continental expansion of nineteenth-century America provide the empirical case studies to lay bare this moral dilemma that empire poses for democracy and the distinctive ways in which a pre-modern and a modern democracy have dealt with it. In trying to… Expand
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