Strong State, Weaker Theory

A group of five Americans gathered in Paris a century ago to negotiate an end to the Spanish-American War.

Issue: Fall 1998

A group of five Americans gathered in Paris a century ago to negotiate an end to the Spanish-American War. President William McKinley had already decided to take the Philippines from Madrid's decrepit empire but had cunningly included in the peace delegation two men of anti-imperialist persuasion (to be outvoted by the others if necessary), so he might appear modest and even hesitant in making his large demands.

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