The Imperial Tense: Prospects and Problems of American Empire

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What is the nature and scope of the American empire, and what are its prospects and challenges? In this timely and thought-provoking collection, leading scholars and observers consider the new reality of American power in the world and what consequences it may bring at home and abroad. First-rate...a most valuable collection. —Walter LaFeber
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Overview

What is the nature and scope of the American empire, and what are its prospects and challenges? In this timely and thought-provoking collection, leading scholars and observers consider the new reality of American power in the world and what consequences it may bring at home and abroad. First-rate...a most valuable collection. —Walter LaFeber
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Editorial Reviews

Royal United Services Institute Journal
An especially useful guide to a complex and controversial debate.
— Michael Cox
Virginia Quarterly Review
He has done the ongoing debate about America's role in the world a great service by bringing these pieces together in a convenient package.
New York Review of Books
The essays collected...are a curious amalgam of military hubris and cultural anxiety: they dutifully document both America's truly awesome military reach and the widespread national uncertainty about what to do with it.
Publishers Weekly
There's a host of issues surrounding the U.S. and what many see as its empire as it pushes to confront terrorism-and this balanced collection of mostly scholarly articles addresses many of them. For the most part, the pieces are nuanced, examining subtleties in a world where the U.S. is the sole global power. There are no epiphanies, but pieces discuss such topics as how the U.S. can both confront authoritarian regimes and promote human rights, how American policy should change in order to prevent a further international backlash and whether the U.S. is doomed to fall, like previous empires. Some of the articles gathered by Bacevich (American Empire) hew to familiar arguments-a few, like journalist Charles Krauthammer, argue unabashedly for American power; others seem stuck in a pompous, crude anti-Americanism, as when John Millbank calls on the West "to abandon our global idolatrous worship of sacralized absolute sovereignty, and the formally neutral market." But these pieces are the exceptions. To the editor's credit, the essays appear to be carefully chosen, with an equal number critical and accepting of America's increasing global power. At their best, they display a measure of wit, as when one essayist writes: "Whatever its fate, America, too, will live on-for its Constitution, its movies, and for having placed the first man on the moon." (Sept. 26) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Virginia Quarterly Review
He has done the ongoing debate about America's role in the world a great service by bringing these pieces together in a convenient package.
Richard H. Kohn
This captivating collection addresses the most important issue facing the United States in the coming century.
David Pryce-Jones
Bacevich has performed a valuable service.
Walter LaFeber
First-rate...a most valuable collection.
Royal United Services Institute Journal - Michael Cox
An especially useful guide to a complex and controversial debate.
CHOICE
An outstanding introduction to the growing debate on the implications and import of US 'hyperpower.'
The American Conservative
...This collection reflects most of the distribution curve of current opinion on the subject.
The New York Review Of Books
The essays collected…are a curious amalgam of military hubris and cultural anxiety: they dutifully document both America's truly awesome military reach and the widespread national uncertainty about what to do with it.
Choice
An outstanding introduction to the growing debate on the implications and import of US 'hyperpower.'
Concord Bridge
...Provides a panoramic view of the empire debate...
American Conservative
...This collection reflects most of the distribution curve of current opinion on the subject.
First Things
...Well worth reading for…bracing arguments, pro and con, on whether or in what sense America is an empire.
New York Review Of Books
The essays collected…are a curious amalgam of military hubris and cultural anxiety: they dutifully document both America's truly awesome military reach and the widespread national uncertainty about what to do with it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635332
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 8/6/2003
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 990,452
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.46 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Bacevich teaches international relations at Boston University. He has recently published American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy to considerable acclaim. He lives in Walpole, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Introduction
I Back to an Imperial Future?
America's Responsibility, America's Mission 5
Liberal Imperialism 10
In Defense of Empires 29
The Unipolar Era 47
America's Driver for World Domination 66
II The Nature of American Empire
The New Rome 81
New Rome, New Jerusalem 93
Universal Nation 102
Playground Bully 111
In Search of Absolute Security 119
An Empire Unlike Any Other 134
What Empire? 146
III Imperial Strategies
Sovereignty, Empire, Capital, and Terror 159
Sheriff and Missionary 172
Imperial Ambitions 183
Imperial Limits 202
Imperial Choices 211
IV Imperial Prospects
A Citizen's Response 229
The Empire's Coming Crisis 238
Who Will Do the Dirty Work? 245
Index 261
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