From the American Revolution, and the signing of the Declaration of Independence, to the waning popularity of the Iraq war, Philip Golub depicts the long American journey to global ascendancy.
Through the study of imperial identity formation, Golub shows how a culture of force and expansion has shaped American foreign policy. Taking a historical and sociological approach to his examination of the US logic of world power, he reveals how entrenched assumptions about America's primacy inhibits democratic transformation at domestic and international levels, forging a new world where America is no longer able to set the global agenda.
Philip S. Golub is a widely published author and Contributing Editor of Le Monde Diplomatique. He is the author of Power, Profit and Prestige: A History of American Imperial Expansion (Pluto, 2010). He teaches International Relations and International Political Economy at the Institut d'etudes europeennes, Universite Paris 8 and at the American University of Paris (AUP).
1. Introduction 2. The American Empire In Its World Historical Setting 3. A Taste Of Blood In The Jungle: The Late Nineteenth Century 4. The Hierarchies Of Pax Americana 5. Power And Plenty In The Post-Cold War 6. Striving For Global Monopoly 7. Losing Control 8. Conclusion: Order, Hierarchy And Pluralism Select Bibliography Index