American Adventurism Abroad Invasions, Interventions, and Regime Changes since World War II

ISBN-10: 1405170751

ISBN-13: 9781405170758

Edition: 2nd 2007

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Since the end of World War II, the United States has embarked on a succession of military and economic interventions, invasions and regime changes across the globe. Whether in the name of containing communism during the Cold War or fighting global terrorism post-9/11, the United States has a long history of rationalizing its interventions into developing countries. Yet as Michael Sullivan shows, a sober look at the facts reveals this adventurism abroad to have had a primary rationale - that of establishing itself as the world 's only superpower and the pre-eminent force of the global capitalist system irrespective of the tremendous political and social cost to the countries involved. From the "mere " loss of democracy to civil war and the consolidation of authoritarianism, 500 years of local politics have been interrupted as result of America 's actions. Moreover, the US military 's might and superior technology has led to a disproportionate destruction of life - with more than seven million war-related deaths at the sites of US interventions.In this revised paperback edition, American Adventurism Abroad traces US foreign policy from the late 1940s through the past six years of America 's "war on terror. " Comprising 34 case studies of overseas US militaristic meddling throughout this period, drawn from eleven presidencies and five geographic regions, and complete with extensive bibliographies, this volume offers a detailed and compelling picture of American foreign policy and its position in the world today.
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Book details

List price: $51.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/3/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction to the Revised Edition
Introduction
Major Argument and Methodology
Main Thesis
Other Patterns and Themes
Regional Perspectives
Post-9-11 Thoughts
Bibliography
The Early Years: Embracing a New Role, 1945-1960
From World War II to the Cold War: The Truman Years, 1945-52
Introduction to the European Region
Greece, 1947-9
Italy, 1948
Philippines, 1946-53
Introduction to the East Asian Region
Bibliography
The Expanding Empire Under Eisenhower, 1953-60
Introduction to the Middle East
Iran, 1953
Introduction to the Western Hemisphere
Guatemala, 1954
Lebanon, 1958
Introduction to the Southeast Asia Sub-Region: Indochina-I
Bibliography
The Extremist Years, 1961-1976
The Kennedy-Johnson Idealist Extensions, 1961-8
Introduction to the African Region
Congo, 1961-5
Cuba, 1961
British Guiana, 1961-6
Indochina-II
Laos, 1961-73
South Vietnam, 1961-5
Brazil, 1964
Dominican Republic, 1961-6
Indonesia, 1965-6
Postscript: Greece, 1967-74
Bibliography
The Nixon-Ford Realist Consolidations, 1969-76
Cambodia, 1970
Kurdistan, 1971-5
Chile, 1973
Angola, 1975
Australia, 1975
East Timor, 1975
Bibliography
The Four-Year Aberration, 1977-1980
Jimmy Carter's Human Rights Pause, 1977-80
Bibliography
Transition to the Post-Cold War Era, 1981-2001
Ronald Reagan: The Last Cold Warrior, 1981-8
El Salvador, 1979-91
Nicaragua, 1981-8
Grenada, 1983
Libya, 1981-6
Afghanistan, 1981-8
Bibliography
The Post-Cold War Era: Bush, Clinton, and the Search for New Themes, 1989-2001
Panama, 1989
Iraq, 1991
Somalia, 1992-4
Haiti, 1994
Yugoslavia, 1995 and 1999
Bibliography
The Attacks of 9-11 and the Start of a New Era
George W. Bush and the "War on Terror"
Afghanistan, 2001 ff.
Iraq, 2003 ff.
Venezuela, 2002
Haiti, 2004
Bibliography
Conclusion
Index
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