The State of the American Empire: How the USA Shapes the World / Edition 1

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Overview


As the United States casts an increasingly dominant shadow in world affairs, resentment from the international community widens. In The State of the American Empire, Stephen Burman lays bare the global scope of the political, economic, cultural, and military might of a country that, paradoxically, was founded in a rebellion against imperialism. Combining forensic analysis with detailed full-color graphics, Burman provides a comprehensive overview of the countries that are dependent on U.S. trade or investment, or are inhabited by U.S. troops. Liberally illustrated with maps that display America's global footprint, from its military interventions to its trading partners, The State of the American Empire interrogates every aspect of this new empire to reveal its roots, its likely duration, and, most important, its impact on the rest of the world.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520248779
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Burman is Dean of Humanities at the University of Sussex. His books include America in the Modern World: The Transcendence of US Hegemony and The Black Progress Question: Explaining the African-American Predicament, which was awarded the Myers Center Prize for outstanding work in the field of human rights.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     7
Introduction     9
America's Global Footprint     16
Energy     19
Energy Consumption     20
Energy Policy     22
Climate Change     24
Energy Security     26
Oil: Consumption and Dependency     28
US Oil Policy     30
Trade     33
Imbalance of Trade     34
Trading Partners     36
Global Trade     38
Trade and Foreign Policy     40
Capital     43
Investment     44
Multinationals     46
Capital Transactions     48
The Dollar     50
People     53
Immigration     54
The Americas     56
Economic Migration     58
Political Refugees     60
Military     63
Military Spending     64
Comparative Military Spending     66
Military at Home     68
Military Abroad     70
Arms Sales     72
Security     75
Interventions: 1945-89     76
Interventions: 1990-2006     78
Interventions: Military and Covert     80
The Pacific Rim     82
Europe, Middle East and Africa     84
Soft Power     87
Aid and Influence     88
Relations with the UN     90
International Financial Institutions     92
Informal Networks     94
Ideas     97
How America Sees Itself     98
How the World Sees America     100
Diplomacy and Intelligence     102
Culture Wars     104
The Future     107
War on Terror     108
Levels of Resistance     110
Necklace or Noose     112
Sustaining the Empire     114
World Data Table     118
Data Sources     127
Photo Credits     130
Index     131

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