The End of the American Century

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Hard-hitting and provocative, yet measured and clearly written. The End of the American Century demonstrates the social, economic, and international decline that marks the end of a period of world dominance that began with World War II. David S. Mason convincingly shows that the war on terror and the Iraq War have exacerbated American domestic weakness and malaise and tarnished its image and stature in the world community. The collapse of the U.S. financial system is the culmination of decades of accumulated debt by government and consumers alike. As the dynamic economies of India and China and the revitalized European Union overtake the United States, we will witness a fundamental transformation of the global scene. This transition will require huge adjustments for American citizens and political leaders alike, but in the end, Mason argues, Americans-and the world-will be better off with a less profligate, more interdependent United States.

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Editorial Reviews

James R. Kluegel
This is a well-written, engaging, and impressive work in scope and integration. The End of the American Century provides the information and analysis for the informed discussion and debate about our economic and political problems that must take place as we face the monumental decisions that will decide our fate over the coming generations. It should be read by all who share a deep concern for the American future, but especially by young people who must live in it.
Mark Rupert
With remarkable clarity and evenness of tone, Mason's text provokes students to think out loud together about what it means to be American in the world today, and how a range of interconnected issues, conventionally ignored in more orthodox IR, are directly relevant to their future lives. I’m excited about teaching with this book.
Mark Gibney
Well designed and thoroughly argued. The author does a splendid job of backing up every one of his assertions. This book has an enormous amount to say and deserves a wide audience.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742557024
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/16/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David S. Mason is professor emeritus of political science at Butler University.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Note from the Author

Introduction The Beginning and End of the American Century 1

Ch. 1 Imperial Overstretch and Economic Decline 13

Ch. 2 The End of Affluence and Equality 31

Ch. 3 Torn Social Fabric: Inadequate Health Care and Violent Crime 47

Ch. 4 The Dimming of America: Education, Science, and Fundamentalism 65

Ch. 5 Ailing American Democracy 87

Ch. 6 Abandoning International Order: Unilateralism and International Law 107

Ch. 7 The Last Gasp of U.S. Supremacy: The Iraq War and Terrorism 133

Ch. 8 The World Sours on the United States 155

Ch. 9 America's New Rivals: Europe, China, and Others 177

Ch. 10 America and the World after the American Century 207

Bibliography 227

Index 241

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