American Ascendancy How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance

ISBN-10: 080785963X

ISBN-13: 9780807859636

Edition: 2009

Authors: Michael H. Hunt

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A simple question lurks amid the considerable controversy created by recent U.S. policy: What road did Americans travel to reach their current global preeminence? Taking the long historical view, Michael Hunt demonstrates that wealth, confidence, and leadership were key elements to America's ascent. In an analytic narrative that illuminates the past rather than indulges in political triumphalism, he provides crucial insights into the country's problematic place in the world today.Hunt charts America's rise to global power from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to a culminating multilayered dominance achieved in the mid-twentieth century that has led to unanticipated constraints and perplexities over the last several decades. Themes that figure prominently in his account include the rise of the American state and a nationalist ideology and the domestic effects and international spread of consumer society. He examines how the United States remade great power relations, fashioned limits for the third world, and shaped our current international economic and cultural order. Hunt concludes by addressing current issues, such as how durable American power really is and what options remain for America's future. His provocative exploration will engage anyone concerned about the fate of this republic.
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List price: $32.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.342

Michael H. Hunt is Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author or editor of eleven books, including The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance and A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives.

Introduction: Framing the Question
Nineteenth-Century Foundations
Grand Projects, 1898-1920
The American Way in a Fragmenting World, 1921-1940
Reaching for Geopolitical Dominance, 1941-1968
In the American Image, 1941-1968
The Third-World Challenge, 1941-1968
Disoriented Giant, 1968-1991
The Neoliberal Triumph, 1991-
Conclusion: Hegemony in Question
Notes
A Guide to the Literature
Acknowledgments
Index
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