Samuel Flagg Bemis

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Bemis, Samuel Flagg


Born Oct. 20, 1891, in Worcester, Mass. American historian; one of the leading representatives of the foreign policy school in US historiography.

From 1934 to 1945, Bemis taught at Harvard University. Beginning in 1935 he worked at the Institute of International Affairs at Yale University. In 1937–38, 1945, and 1956 he delivered a series of lectures in various Latin American countries. Bemis was one of the leaders (in 1961, president) of the American Historical Association. He is the author of monographs and scholarly popular books on the history of the foreign policy of the USA, particularly on questions of US relations with Latin American countries. An advocate of the geopolitical theory, Bemis justified the expansionist policies of the USA and its striving for world domination.


John Quincy Adams and the Foundations of American Foreign Policy. New York, 1949.
A Diplomatic History of the United States. New York, 1936.
The Latin American Policy of the United States: An Historical Interpretation. New York, 1943.


Zubok, L. I. “Apologiia amerikanskoi imperialistich. reaktsii v trudakh S. Bemisa.” Voprosy istoriia, 1954, no. 1.
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