Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors

Among Empires: American Ascendancy and Its Predecessors

By: Charles S. Maier (author)Paperback

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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 pre-eminent 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 behaviour.

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Charles S. Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University.


Questions at the Outset Part One: Recurring Structures Introduction: The Imperial Arena 1. What Is an Empire? 2. Frontiers 3. "Call It Peace" Part Two: America's Turn Introduction: Highland Park and Hiroshima 4. Frontiers and Forces in the Cold War 5. An Empire of Production 6. An Empire of Consumption Afterword: The Vase of Uruk Tables Notes Acknowledgments Index

Product Details

  • publication date: 02/11/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780674025561
  • Format: Paperback, Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9780674025561
  • weight: 440
  • ISBN10: 0674025563

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