The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 10 апр. 2007 г. - Всего страниц: 416
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 our republic.



 

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1 NineteenthCentury Foundations
11
2 Grand Projects 18981920
45
3 The American Way in a Fragmenting World 19211940
79
4 Reaching for Geopolitical Dominance 19411968
115
5 In the American Image 19411968
151
6 The ThirdWorld Challenge 19411968
188
7 Disoriented Giant 19681991
225
8 The Neoliberal Triumph 1991
266
Hegemony in Question
308
Notes
325
A Guide to the Literature
357
Acknowledgments
387
Index
389
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Michael H. Hunt is Everett H. Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of nine previous books, including The World Transformed: 1945 to the Present; Lyndon Johnson's War: America's Cold War Crusade in Vietnam, 1945-1968; and Ideology and U.S. Foreign Policy.

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