Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission / Edition 1

Dominance by Design: Technological Imperatives and America's Civilizing Mission / Edition 1

by Michael Adas
     
 

Dominance by Design explores the critical ways in which technological superiority has undergirded U.S. policies of unilateralism, preemption, and interventionism in foreign affairs while raising us from an impoverished frontier nation to a global power. Challenging the long-held assumptions and imperatives that sustain the belief in the civilizing mission, Adas gives… See more details below

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Dominance by Design explores the critical ways in which technological superiority has undergirded U.S. policies of unilateralism, preemption, and interventionism in foreign affairs while raising us from an impoverished frontier nation to a global power. Challenging the long-held assumptions and imperatives that sustain the belief in the civilizing mission, Adas gives us an essential guide to America's past and present role in the world as well as cautionary lessons for the future.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674018679
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 2.42(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction : a train for the shogun1
1"Engins" in the wilderness33
2Machines and manifest destiny67
3Engineers' imperialism129
4Foundations of an American century185
5Imposing modernity219
6Machines in the Vietnam quagmire281
7Technowar in the Persian Gulf339
Epilogue : the paradox of technological supremacy385

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