Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power
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Dominion from Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power

by Bruce Cumings
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0300111886

ISBN-13: 9780300111880

Pub. Date: 11/17/2009

Publisher: Yale University Press

America is the first world power to inhabit an immense land mass open at both ends to the world’s two largest oceans—the Atlantic and the Pacific. This gives America a great competitive advantage often overlooked by Atlanticists, whose focus remains overwhelmingly fixed on America’s relationship with Europe. Bruce Cumings challenges the

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America is the first world power to inhabit an immense land mass open at both ends to the world’s two largest oceans—the Atlantic and the Pacific. This gives America a great competitive advantage often overlooked by Atlanticists, whose focus remains overwhelmingly fixed on America’s relationship with Europe. Bruce Cumings challenges the Atlanticist perspective in this innovative new history, arguing that relations with Asia influenced our history greatly.

Cumings chronicles how the movement westward, from the Middle West to the Pacific, has shaped America’s industrial, technological, military, and global rise to power. He unites domestic and international history, international relations, and political economy to demonstrate how technological change and sharp economic growth have created a truly bicoastal national economy that has led the world for more than a century. Cumings emphasizes the importance of American encounters with Mexico, the Philippines, and the nations of East Asia. The result is a wonderfully integrative history that advances a strong argument for a dual approach to American history incorporating both Atlanticist and Pacificist perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300111880
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/17/2009
Pages:
641
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xviii

I A Frontier of the Mind

Chapter 1 The Machine in the Garden 3

Chapter 2 "The Remote beyond Compare": Finding California 41

II From Sea to Shining Sea: Manifest Destiny

Chapter 3 A Continent in Five Easy Pieces 55

Chapter 4 Manifest Destiny's Offspring: Gold, the Continental Railroad, Texas 94

Chapter 5 Abroad in Search of Monsters to Destroy 126

III Pacific States, New England Peoples

Chapter 6 East of Eden: The Pacific Northwest 157

Chapter 7 Edens Lush and Frigid 175

Chapter 8 Pacific Crossings: Asians in the New States 197

IV "A Crust of the Earth": Protean California

Chapter 9 A Garden Cornucopia 219

Chapter 10 "There It is. Take it": Water and Power 244

Chapter 11 Southern California: Island on the Pacific 264

V A Tipping Point

Chapter 12 The State as Pretense of Itself: Developing the West 299

Chapter 13 Postwar California and the Rise of Western Republicanism 335

Chapter 14 In California's Shadow: The Rest of the West in the Postwar Era 363

Chapter 15 Archipelago of Empire: An American Grid for the Global Garden 388

Chapter 16 Silicon Valley: A New World at the Edge of the Sea 424

Chapter 17 Conclusion: The American Ascendancy 471

Appendix 501

Notes 515

Bibliography 553

Index 589

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