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Power, Profit and Prestige A History of American Imperial Expansion

ISBN-10: 0745328717

ISBN-13: 9780745328713

Edition: 2010

Authors: Philip S. Golub

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Power, Profit and Prestige applies incisive historical and sociological analysis to make sense of the United States' post-Cold War imperial behaviour. Philip Golub studies imperial identity formation and shows how an embedded culture of force and expansion has shaped American foreign policy. He argues that the US logic of world power and deeply rooted assumptions about American primacy inhibits democratic transformation at domestic and international levels. This resistance to change may lead the US empire into a crisis of its own making. This enlightening book will be particularly useful to students of history and international relations as they explore a world where America is no longer able to set the global agenda.
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Book details

List price: $22.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Pluto Press
Publication date: 6/20/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

List of Tables
List of Figures
Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Introduction
Expansionist Behaviour
A Historical Sociological Approach
Theorising American Empire
An Indeterminate Future
Structure of the Book
The American Empire in its World Historical Setting
A Plural and Polycentric World Economy
The Distinctiveness of Western Global Expansion
Globalisation and War
The United States in the Transatlantic Imperial System
A Taste of Blood in the Jungle: The Late Nineteenth Century
The US: 'An Active Unit'
Overseas Imperialism
Inter-Imperial Links and Rivalries
Wilson, Liberal Internationalism and Ultra-Imperialism
The Hierarchies of Pax Americana
Supplanting Britain
The Tripartite Imperial System
Europe: The Hegemonic Frontier
Authoritarian Mercantilism: The East Asian Frontier
Disciplining the Far Empire
Power and Plenty in the Post-Cold War
The Imperium Bellicum Americanum
Averting Decline
Actor Designs and Structural Constraints
Post-Cold War Options
The Liberal Interlude
Striving for Global Monopoly
A Broad Ideational Trend
Global Expansionism and Nationalism
Limitless Goals
Liberal Imperialism, Colonial Representations
Losing Control
War and Globalisation
The Crisis of American Power
Accentuating Centrifugal Trends
China's Emerging Role
Challenge to US Dominance
Conclusion: Order, Hierarchy and Pluralism
Imperial Cosmologies
Logic of World Power
Pathways of Change
Long Exit from Empire
Pluralist Cooperation
Notes
Select Bibliography
Index