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Monroe Doctrine
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The Monroe Doctrine is the name given to the principles of foreign policy formulated by the United States President James Monroe on December 2, 1823, as part of his Annual Address to Congress. Monroe’s Secretary of State, John Quincy Adams, had a leading role in the conception of the document. The Monroe Doctrine mostly comprised US foreign policy aims that were not realistically achievable at the time Monroe gave the speech, but that would subsequently acquire great significance as guiding principles.

The genesis of the Doctrine can only be understood in the context of …

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Rinke, Stefan, “Monroe Doctrine”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 28 May 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024244>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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