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The Resource Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)

Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)

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Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors
Title
Among empires
Title remainder
American ascendancy and its predecessors
Statement of responsibility
Charles S. Maier
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Contemporary America, with its unparalleled armaments and ambition, seems to many commentators a new empire. Others angrily reject the designation. What stakes would being an empire have for our identity at home and our role abroad? A preeminent American historian addresses these issues in light of the history of empires since antiquity. This elegantly written book examines the structure and impact of these mega-states and asks whether the United States shares their traits and behavior. Eschewing the standard focus on current U.S. foreign policy and the recent spate of pro- and anti-empire polemics, Charles S. Maier uses comparative history to test the relevance of a concept often invoked but not always understood. Marshaling a remarkable array of evidence--from Roman, Ottoman, Moghul, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and British experience--Maier outlines the essentials of empire throughout history. He then explores the exercise of U.S. power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, carefully analyzing its economic and strategic sources and the nation's relationship to predecessors and rivals. To inquire about empire is to ask what the United States has become as a result of its wealth, inventiveness, and ambitions. It is to confront lofty national aspirations with the realities of the violence that often attends imperial politics and thus to question both the costs and the opportunities of the current U.S. global ascendancy. With learning, dispassion, and clarity, Among Empires offers bold comparisons and an original account of American power. It confirms that the issue of empire must be a concern of every citizen
Action
digitized
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Maier, Charles S
Dewey number
325/.320973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • National characteristics, American
  • Imperialism
  • Imperialism
  • United States
  • United States
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
Label
Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2006
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-346) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
I: Recurring structures -- The imperial arena -- What is an empire? -- Frontiers -- "Call it peace" -- II: America's turn -- Highland Park and Hiroshima -- Frontiers and forces in the Cold War -- An empire of production -- An empire of consumption -- The vase of Uruk
Control code
ocn432671547
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
Extent
1 online resource (373 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674040458
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)432671547
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Among empires : American ascendancy and its predecessors, Charles S. Maier, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Originally published: 2006
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-346) and index
Color
multicolored
Contents
I: Recurring structures -- The imperial arena -- What is an empire? -- Frontiers -- "Call it peace" -- II: America's turn -- Highland Park and Hiroshima -- Frontiers and forces in the Cold War -- An empire of production -- An empire of consumption -- The vase of Uruk
Control code
ocn432671547
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st Harvard University Press pbk. ed
Extent
1 online resource (373 p.)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780674040458
Level of compression
unknown
Note
eBooks on EBSCOhost
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)432671547
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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