War and Empire The American Way of Life

ISBN-10: 0745327648

ISBN-13: 9780745327648

Edition: 2010

Authors: Paul L. Atwood
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Description: In this provocative study, Paul Atwood attempts to show Americans that their history is one of constant wars of aggression and imperial expansion. In his long teaching career, Atwood has found that most students know virtually nothing about America's involvement in the wars of the 20th century, let alone those prior to World War I.War and Empireaims to correct this, clearly and persuasively explaining US actions in every major war since the declaration of independence. The book shows that, far from being dragged reluctantly into foreign entanglements, America's leaders have always picked their battles in order to increase its influence and power, with little regard for those killed in the process. This book is an eye-opening introduction to the American way of life for undergraduate students of American history, politics and international relations.

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List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 1/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Paul Atwood is a senior lecturer in the American studies department and research associate in the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, both at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and an editor of Sticks and Stones: Living with Uncertain Wars (2006).

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: American Ideology versus American Realities
By the Sword We Seek Peace
Microbes: The ally of rape, torture and conquest?
Spaniards discover civilizations far more advanced than their own-except for 'guns, germs and steel'
Faced with economic and social disruption at home, the British join the game of empire
The Virgin Queen's colony
A blood-soaked city on a hill
Property and profit as the sign of God's favor
The 'Spawn of Satan'
The first all-out war
French, Indians, Rebellion and Repression
The first global war prefigures more global war
Americans who wanted war now refuse to pay for it
Those who made the greatest sacrifices are betrayed
The new American elite taxes and forecloses on those without representation
An Empire for Liberty?
Creating an enemy to thwart the Bill of Rights
Many trails of tears
Land hunger provokes an unnecessary war
Laying claim to the hemisphere
'Anglo-Saxonism' and the march to the Pacific
To the halls of Montezuma
From Ashes to Empire
Not fighting to free slaves
The compromise of 1877: Selling the freedmen out
Massacres in the west
Industrialism renewed and the ascension of finance
Cycles of boom and bust produce political instability
Class war intensifies
To contain the revolt of the masses and restore profitability, the plutocrats opt for empire
The Monroe Doctrine enforced
The ideology of expansion
War with Spain, then Another and Another
As a pretext for war, Spain is declared a threat to American security
The press reveals its racism and lust for empire
Cubans on verge of winning independence on their own alarm Washington
World War I: Making the World Safe for American Capital Investment
Germany's potential dominance in Europe a threat to the Open Door
The standard interpretation of American entry is superficial
Britain violates American neutrality but Wilson does nothing
Though its blockade damages the American economy the House of Morgan invests in Britain
Wilson's neutrality a charade
Wilson positions himself to be global messiah
Bolsheviks take Russia out of the war and pose a new threat to the Open Door
American entry tips the balance though Germany is not militarily defeated
Wilson's peace plan fails but the US becomes the global finance capital
A war against democracy at home
A world made safe only for more war
Pearl Harbor: The Spark but not the Cause
Day of infamy-or deception?
Japan's empire threatens western colonialism
Admiral Richardson warns FDR that his measures threaten war
American military officials long understood that Pearl Harbor was vulnerable to surprise attack
Electronic intercepts and radio direction finders indicate Japan's intent
Philippines left vulnerable
Neither Germany nor Japan capable of attacking the continental US
If the Axis posed no military threat to the US what was the real worry?
America and the Holocaust: Not rescuing Jews
The atomic bombings: To save lives or to intimidate communists?
Downfall
Cold War: The Clash of Ideology or of Empires?
Soviets indispensable to defeat of Hitler
Yesterday's essential ally becomes the new threat
The atomic arms race begins
Soviets withdraw voluntarily from conquered areas
Capitalism and communism vie for the loyalties of the defeated empires' colonies
The threat of a closed world remains: Germany becomes a new axis
Control of oil becomes the linchpin of American policy
The 'Martial Plan'
The future of Germany further polarizes the Cold War
Building the permanent war economy
Losing China to the Chinese
Cold War/Hot War: Savage Wars of Peace?
Creating the warfare state
Korea
Vietnam
The Middle East and the cold War
War on Terror
A new American century?
Giving the Soviet Union its Vietnam War
Terrorists as 'freedom fighters'
Terrorizing Iraqi civilians
Abandoning Afghanistan to warlords and the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda
Demonizing Iraq for the events of 9/11 to foster hysteria at home
The real reasons the US invaded Iraq
The prize
Co-opting the Russian and Chinese backyards
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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