The American Way of Empire: How America Won a World--But Lost Her Way

The American Way of Empire: How America Won a World--But Lost Her Way

by James Kurth

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Overview

Since the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, traditional American foreign policy has proven inadequate to 21st Century challenges of Islamic terrorism and globalization.

In this ground-breaking analysis, author James Kurth explains that the roots of America's current foreign policy crisis lie in contradictions of an American empire which attempted to transform traditional American national interests promoted by Presidents like Teddy Roosevelt and FDR into a new American-led global order that has unsucessfully attempted to promote supposedly universal, rather than uniquely American, ideals.

Kurth dates the creation of the American empire to the morning of September 2nd, 1945, when General Douglas MacArthur, at the head of the representatives of the Allied Forces, received the surrender of the representatives of the Empire of Japan.

And so, the book begins, on its front cover, with a depiction of the moment when the American Empire, and the "American Century," were born...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733117838
Publisher: Washington Books
Publication date: 12/14/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 205,424
File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

Preface ............................................................................................ xiii

Overview: Hegemony

Chapter 1 The American Way of Empire:

The Seventy-Year Life of the U.S. Alliance System ........ 3

Part I: Ideology

Chapter 2 The Protestant Deformation:

The Source of the Ideological Tradition ....................... 57

Chapter 3 War, Peace, and the Ideologies of the

20th Century .............................................................. 81

Chapter 4 Democratization: Successes and Failures ..................... 97

Chapter 5 The Adolescent Empire: America and the

Imperial Idea ............................................................ 115

Part II: Strategy

Chapter 6 Grand Strategy: The Source of the

Realist Tradition ....................................................... 139

Chapter 7 Grand Strategy in the Global Era .............................. 167

Chapter 8 The American Way of Victory ................................... 197

Chapter 9 Europe: NATO Expansion versus the

Russian Sphere .......................................................... 215

Chapter 10 The Pacific: The U.S. Alliance system

versus the Chinese Seas ............................................. 231

Part II

Chapter 6 Grand Strategy: The Source of the

Realist Tradition ....................................................... 139

Chapter 7 Grand Strategy in the Global Era .............................. 167

Chapter 8 The American Way of Victory ................................... 197

Chapter 9 Europe: NATO Expansion versus the

Russian Sphere .......................................................... 215

Chapter 10 The Pacific: The U.S. Alliance system

versus the Chinese Seas ............................................. 231

Part III: Insurgency

Chapter 11 Globalization, Empire, and Islamist Terrorism .......... 259

Chapter 12 The Iraq War: Global Ideology versus

Local Realities ........................................................... 277

Chapter 13 The Neo-Conservatives and the Iraq War .................. 303

Chapter 14 Empire and Immigration .......................................... 319

Part IV: Political Economy

Chapter 15 Between America and the World:

The New York Foreign Policy Elite ............................ 339

Chapter 16 The Foreign Policy of Plutocracies: A Tale

of Two Countries – and Two Kinds of Wealth .......... 365

Chapter 17 Creating a Second American Century ....................... 393

Conclusion .................................................................................... 411

Acknowledgements ........................................................................ 419

End Notes ..................................................................................... 423

Bibliography .................................................................................. 433

Index ............................................................................................. 437

About the Author .......................................................................... 445

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