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America-The New Imperialism

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

Author Biography

V. G. Kiernan is, as Edward Said observed, "that great Scottish historian of empire". A prolific writer, he has published work in areas ranging from Indian history to Marxist politics to Shakespeare. He lives in Edinburgh.
Release date Australia
March 1st, 2005
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Audience
  • General (US: Trade)
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
black & white illustrations
Imprint
Verso Books
Pages
460
Dimensions
140x216x26
ISBN-13
9781844675227
Product ID
1631211

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