Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors by Charles S. Maier

By Charles S. Maier

Modern the US, with its extraordinary armaments and ambition, turns out to many commentators a brand new empire. Others angrily reject the designation. What stakes may being an empire have for our id at domestic and our position in a foreign country? A preeminent American historian addresses those matters in mild of the background of empires considering the fact that antiquity. This elegantly written e-book examines the constitution and influence of those mega-states and asks even if the U.S. stocks their features and behaviour. Eschewing the normal concentrate on present U.S. international coverage and the hot spate of professional- and anti-empire polemics, Charles S. Maier makes use of comparative background to check the relevance of an idea frequently invoked yet now not constantly understood. Marshaling a impressive array of evidence--from Roman, Ottoman, Moghul, Spanish, Russian, chinese language, and British experience--Maier outlines the necessities of empire all through background. He then explores the workout of U.S. strength within the 19th and 20th centuries, rigorously examining its fiscal and strategic resources and the nation's dating to predecessors and competitors. To inquire approximately empire is to invite what the U.S. has develop into because of its wealth, inventiveness, and pursuits. it truly is to confront lofty nationwide aspirations with the realities of the violence that regularly attends imperial politics and therefore to query either the prices and the possibilities of the present U.S. international ascendancy. With studying, dispassion, and readability, between Empires deals daring comparisons and an unique account of yankee energy. It confirms that the problem of empire needs to be a priority of each citizen. (20070601)

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