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

By Charles S. Maier

Contemporary the US, with its exceptional 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 identification at domestic and our position abroad?

A preeminent American historian addresses those concerns in gentle of the heritage of empires on account that antiquity. This elegantly written e-book examines the constitution and impression of those mega-states and asks no matter if the U.S. stocks their characteristics and behaviour. Eschewing the normal concentrate on present U.S. international coverage and the new spate of professional- and anti-empire polemics, Charles S. Maier makes use of comparative historical past to check the relevance of an idea usually invoked yet now not continuously understood. Marshaling a amazing 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 monetary and strategic resources and the nation's courting to predecessors and competitors.

To inquire approximately empire is to invite what the us has develop into because of its wealth, inventiveness, and goals. it's to confront lofty nationwide aspirations with the realities of the violence that frequently attends imperial politics and therefore to question either the prices and the possibilities of the present U.S. worldwide ascendancy. With studying, dispassion, and readability, Among Empires bargains daring comparisons and an unique account of yankee energy. It confirms that the problem of empire needs to be a priority of each citizen.

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Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. ac... Maier, Charles S.. Among Empires : American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2006. p 46. id=10312766&ppg=57 Copyright © 2006. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. ac... Maier, Charles S.. Among Empires : American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2006. p 47. id=10312766&ppg=58 Copyright © 2006.

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Among Empires : American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2006. p 48. id=10312766&ppg=59 Copyright © 2006. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. ac... Maier, Charles S.. Among Empires : American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors. Cambridge, MA, USA: Harvard University Press, 2006. p 49. id=10312766&ppg=60 Copyright © 2006. Harvard University Press. All rights reserved. S. or applicable copyright law. ac... Maier, Charles S..

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