Arc of Empire: America's Wars in Asia from the Philippines to Vietnamby Michael H. Hunt, Steven I. Levine
Conventionally treated as separate America's four wars in Asia, according to Michael H. Hunt and Steven I. Levine, were actually phases in a sustained U.S. bid for regional dominance. This effort, they argue, unfolded as an imperial project in which military power and the imposition of America's political will were crucial. Devoting equal attention to Asian and… See more details below
Conventionally treated as separate America's four wars in Asia, according to Michael H. Hunt and Steven I. Levine, were actually phases in a sustained U.S. bid for regional dominance. This effort, they argue, unfolded as an imperial project in which military power and the imposition of America's political will were crucial. Devoting equal attention to Asian and American perspectives, the authors follow the long arc of conflict across seventy-five years, from the Philippines through Japan and Korea to Vietnam, in order to trace American ambition, ascendance, and ultimate defeat. They show how these wars are etched deeply in Asia's politics and culture.
The authors encourage readers to confront the imperial pattern in U.S. history with implications for today's Middle Eastern conflicts. They also offer a deeper understanding of China's rise and Asia's place in today's world.
Hunt and Levine never forget to detail the devastating human cost of war, and they do so not just through statistics, but also through references to the lives of ordinary people.--History: Reviews of New Books
A valuable book that merits careful reading. . . . Will encourage readers to take a fresh look at wars usually treated in isolation.--Army History
Expertly delve[s] into sensitive topics such as imperialism and the atrocities during war. . . . Successfully aligns the four wars in Asia and American history, showing how these actions served as a continuation of empire building.--Journal of the North Carolina Association of Historians
Whether you are prone to agree or take issue with this book's controversial premise and conclusions, it is well worth reading.--Missoulian
Required reading for advanced students of modern US history, and therefore a necessary purchase for all academic libraries. Essential. Upper-division undergraduates and above.--Choice
[This] book should be illuminating and instructive to all who are concerned about U.S. overseas military involvement and its domestic and international ramifications.--H-Empire Reviews
Recommended for readers interested in current events and 20th-century history, especially military history and U.S.-Asia relations.--Library Journal
[Hunt and Levine] incorporate important information about "the other side," discuss the devastating impact military actions had on civilians, are not hesitant to reveal atrocious behavior, and examine how imperial rule worked out in practice. Popular culture references enliven the account.--American Historical Review
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Michael H. Hunt is Emerson Professor of History Emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and author or editor of eleven books, including The American Ascendancy: How the United States Gained and Wielded Global Dominance and A Vietnam War Reader: A Documentary History from American and Vietnamese Perspectives.
Steven I. Levine is research faculty associate in the Department of History at the University of Montana and author or editor of four books, including Anvil of Victory: The Communist Revolution in Manchuria, 1945-1948 and America's Wars in Asia: A Cultural Approach to History and Memory.
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