Incoherent Empire

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In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually little more than a new militarism. Dissecting the economic, political, military and ideological resources available to the US, Mann concludes that they are so uneven as to generate only an "incoherent Empire" and increasing world disorder.

The incoherent Empire is also analysed in action - in Afghanistan, in the war against terrorism, and against "rogue states," especially North ...

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Overview

In this book noted sociologist Michael Mann argues that the "new American imperialism" is actually little more than a new militarism. Dissecting the economic, political, military and ideological resources available to the US, Mann concludes that they are so uneven as to generate only an "incoherent Empire" and increasing world disorder.

The incoherent Empire is also analysed in action - in Afghanistan, in the war against terrorism, and against "rogue states," especially North Korea and Iraq. Its strategies seemed doomed only to create more international terrorists and increase the desire of the rogues to acquire weapons of mass destruction; they also provoke a virtual "crusade" against Muslims. The world will become more and more dangerous, argues Mann, unless the US abandons this trajectory and adopts the more realistic global leadership strategies laid out in this book.

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Editorial Reviews

Chalmers Johnson
“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields 'power but not authority' and has succumbed to 'ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.' This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”
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“Amongst contemporary analysts of the new imperialism, Mann is remarkable for his unyielding realism. As he explains in this brilliant but disturbing book, the Stars and Stripes on the Euphrates heralds less a new international order than the dangerously unpredictable reign of the gods of chaos.”—Mike Davis

“Michael Mann applies the framework he developed in his classic work The Sources of Social Power to the American empire. He finds that its economic and ideological foundations are flimsy and that its only real strength is an ability to bully weak Third World countries. The United States wields ‘power but not authority’ and has succumbed to ‘ruthless arrogance leading to overconfidence and hubris.’ This is an important, provocative diagnosis by an experienced social analyst.”—Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844675289
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/11/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Mann is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. His major works include the prizewinning series The Sources of Social Power, Volume I: A History of Power from the Beginning to 1760 AD, and Volume II: The Rise of Classes and Nation-States, 1760–1914.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The New Imperialism 1
1 The Military Giant 18
2 The Economic Back-Seat Driver 49
3 The Political Schizophrenic 80
4 The Ideological Phantom 100
5 The War in Afghanistan 123
6 The War Against (Muslim) Terrorism 159
7 The War Against Rogue States and North Korea 194
8 Iraq Attack 206
9 The New Militarism 252
Index 269
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