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America-The New Imperialism : The New Imperialism - From White Settlement to World Hegemony - V.G. Kiernan

America-The New Imperialism

The New Imperialism - From White Settlement to World Hegemony

Paperback Published: 17th June 2005
ISBN: 9781844675227
Number Of Pages: 440

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In contrast to the many analyses of American imperialism, which have focused on current events, this work adopts a classical historical approach. In it, Victor Kiernan, one of the world's most respected historians, uses his nuanced knowledge of history, literature and politics to trace the evolution of the American empire. Accounts of relations between Indians and white settlers, readings of the work of Melville and Whitman, analysis of the way money and politics became intertwined, among much else, inform his convincing and compelling account of how America came to be the global hegemon it is today. "[America] could not take itself for granted, but had need of ideas, convictions, speculations, to grow up round; also of a guiding power to put its trust in, a pillar of cloud or a pillar of fire. Its aspirations were never confined within its own elastic frontiers, but embraced all human destinies ...the rest of humanity was only passive raw material, clay to be moulded by the potter's hand." - From the Foreword. Eric Hobsbawm's preface provides both an insight into his own current thoughts on American imperialism and a valuable introduction to Victor Kiernan's work. Together, they shed useful light on today's urgent debates about such issues as the uses and misuses of seemingly unlimited military power, a lack of respect for international agreements, and the right to pre-emptive defense.

The winning of the national territory
The birth of a nationp. 3
The pursuit of happinessp. 15
White man and red manp. 29
Middle decades
The literary mirrorp. 49
From West Indies to Far Eastp. 57
Civil War and afterp. 71
The last Indian warsp. 79
Overseas expansion and the war with Spain
The red man in custodyp. 97
New visions of empirep. 105
Latin America and further Asiap. 117
Anglo-Saxons and their warsp. 127
Imperial choices for a new century
The progressivist erap. 147
The Philippines experiment, and direct or indirect rulep. 153
Dollar diplomacy in Central Americap. 165
Old world frustrations, and ideas of a new world orderp. 177
Two strides to world power
Great war and not so great peacep. 197
Victory and after : the mirror of science fictionp. 209
America, the world's bankerp. 217
Slump years, and a new look at the red Indianp. 233
From isolationism to conquestp. 239
The American hegemony
Capitalism, militarism and the Cold Warp. 265
The old empires and neo-colonialismp. 283
War in Vietnam and its repercussionsp. 295
The Middle East and Africap. 309
Latin Americap. 319
Retrospect and prospectp. 333
Epiloguep. 363
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ISBN: 9781844675227
ISBN-10: 184467522X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 17th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.32 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1