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

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

by Michael H. Hunt
 

ISBN-10: 0807883409

ISBN-13: 9780807883402

Pub. Date: 03/28/2007

Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, The

What road did Americans travel to reach global preeminence? Taking the long historical view, 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

Overview

What road did Americans travel to reach global preeminence? Taking the long historical view, 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. He examines how the United States remade great power relations, fashioned limits for the third world, and shaped the 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807883402
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press, The
Publication date:
03/28/2007
Edition description:
Large Print Edition
Pages:
728
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.59(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Framing the Question 1

1 Nineteenth-Century Foundations 11

2 Grand Projects, 1898-1920 45

3 The American Way in a Fragmenting World, 1921-1940 79

4 Reaching for Geopolitical Dominance, 1941-1968 115

5 In the American Image, 1941-1968 151

6 The Third-World Challenge, 1941-1968 188

7 Disoriented Giant, 1968-1991 225

8 The Neoliberal Triumph, 1991- 266

Conclusion: Hegemony in Question 308

Notes 325

A Guide to the Literature 357

Acknowledgments 387

Index 389

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