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Myth of America's Decline Politics, Economics, and a Half Century of False Prophecies

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ISBN-10: 0871404494

ISBN-13: 9780871404497

Edition: 2014

Authors: Josef Joffe

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America-bashing predates even America itself, with French Enlightenment philosophes claiming that the colony was doomed, and one critic reporting that the colony’s population was “astonishingly idiotic [and] enervated.” As the United States became a superpower after World War II, a more virulent, politically charged form of declinism emerged in the 1950s amid hysteria that “the Russians are coming.” It was followed by the European miracle, Japan’s “Rising Sun,” and now the looming Chinese behemoth. While declinism may be catnip for the media and gloating Europeans eager to play up America’s “has-been” status, the actual facts do not corroborate the contentions, as Josef Joffe, a leading…    
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2014
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 11/4/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Publisher-editor of Die Zeit and the author of �berpower, Josef Joffe was educated at Swarthmore College and Harvard University. A frequent contributor to Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, he is a founding board member of the American Interest. He is a Fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution and the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies.

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: America as Has-Been
"It's Decline Time in America:" A Short History
The 1950s: The Russians Are Coming!
The 1960s: The "Unraveling of America"
The 1970s: America's "Malaise"
The 1980s: Japan's "Rising Sun"
The Twenty-First Century: The Chinese Are Coming!
Politics and Prophecy, or the uses of Declinism
The Structure of Doomism
The Functions of Doomism
Why Glee, Why Doom?
The Powers and their Power: Measuring What Matters
The Facts and the Figures
Frames vs. Films
What Is Power?
Hype and History: Why Tomorrow Is Not Like Yesterday
The High Rollers of the Twentieth Century
A Tale of Tigers and Dragons
The Next Number One: China and Yesterday's Highfliers
A Superstar Is Born
Modernitarianism: New Dragon vs. Old Tigers
State Capitalism 2.0
The Four Fault Lines of State Capitalism 2.0
Challengers and Champions: Why America's Edge Will Endure
Demography and Destiny
Power Today and Tomorrow: Education
The Power of Invention
The Power of Immigration
Modernitarianism vs. the Liberal Model
America, the West, and the Rest: Who Will Own the Twenty-First Century?
The World's New Power Map
The Lure of Liberal Empire
Liberal Empire Made in U.S.A.
America as XXL Britain
The Default Power
The Prospects of American Power
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index